Early intervention

£10m for family support programmes to prevent violence

27/09/2021

Local authorities have been urged to apply for a £10m fund to find out how family support can help prevent violence.

Charity calls for minimum service guarantee on early years support

21/09/2021

A new report has warned that 4.3 million parents are missing out on early years support services despite needing help.

Why ditching the checklist has helped us tackle homelessness in Plymouth

27/07/2021

Gary Wallace explains how Plymouth City Council has adopted a new way of managing public services: Human Learning Systems.

Children’s services spending slashed in half, charities warn

15/07/2021

Council spending on crucial services that help stop children reaching crisis point has almost halved over the last decade, new research has revealed.

Councils should have legal duty to provide ‘early help’ says report

02/06/2021

A new report is calling for a legal duty on local authorities to provide early help to children and families, rather than providing what is easiest to measure.

Family services offered share of £4m to support conflict resolution

06/04/2021

Local authorities are now able to bid for a share of a £3.87m funding pot to help family services resolve conflicts between parents.

Councils urged to publish Start for Life offer

25/03/2021

Local authorities are being urged to publish a single publication setting out what support is available for parents in their local area.

Westminster Family Hubs lead the way - from partnerships to integration

18/12/2020

Jayne Vertkin explains how Family Hubs in Westminster are transforming families’ experience of services, making early help easier to access.

Duchess of Cambridge unveils results of UK's biggest early years study

27/11/2020

Only one in four people recognise the specific importance of the early years, according to the UK’s biggest ever study on the topic.

Supporting children after the second national lockdown

04/11/2020

Dr Jo Casebourne explains why more most be done to intervene at an earlier point to help the growing number of vulnerable children and families who don’t have a social worker.

Calls to invest £240m in early years provision

30/10/2020

A quarter of early years providers in the most deprived local authorities could close by Christmas without additional funding, a new survey has revealed.

Councils call for urgent reversal of early intervention cuts

15/10/2020

The Government must ‘urgently’ reverse the £1.7bn early intervention funding cuts in order to avoid families falling into crisis, councils have warned today.

Calls for a recovery package to tackle childhood vulnerability

29/09/2020

A comprehensive recovery package is needed to help children deal with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the Children’s Commissioner for England has said today.

New parents asked to answer questionnaire on early years’ development

18/09/2020

New parents and health service professionals are being asked to contribute to a Government review on ways to improve the healthy development of infants.

Early years’ workers ‘overworked and undervalued’, study reveals

05/08/2020

Low pay, a high workload and a lack of career development for early years’ workers risk impacting on the provision of care and education services for the under-fives, report says.

Call to 'supercharge' early years services

17/07/2020

Early years services are failing to target the children that most need support, a report has warned today.

Disadvantaged children less likely to benefit from free childcare, auditors warn

13/03/2020

Disadvantaged families are less likely to take up free early education and childcare places, auditors have warned today.

Councils call for more investment in early intervention

21/11/2019

Council leaders are calling for extra funding in children’s services to ensure they can fulfil the ambitions of the Children’s Act.

Charity calls for re-investment in public health grant

10/09/2019

A new study of health and social care spending has found that the Government focuses too much on acute services rather than investing in long-term preventative measures.

MPs call for an ‘early years revolution’ in child care

26/02/2019

Members of Parliament have called on local authorities to develop plans to help improve support for children during the first 1,000 days of life.

MPs blast Whitehall’s ‘confused’ approach to early years education

07/02/2019

MPs have criticised the Government’s 30 hours childcare commitment arguing that it ‘confused’ and ‘entrenches’ disadvantage.

Vulnerable children need 'bold solutions'

30/10/2018

The scale of the challenge of vulnerable children needs  ‘bold solutions’ such as a 25-year plan for early intervention, says the chief executive of the Early Intervention Foundation.

Welsh councils call for ring-fenced preventative funding

18/09/2018

A new Preventative Care Fund should be set up in Wales to help ease the strain on children's services, councils have said.

Funding for new peer reviews of children's services

01/05/2018

The Government has announced a £8.5m programme to help councils work together to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children.

Gov’s free childcare policy undermines social mobility, report says

28/09/2017

The Government’s free childcare policy could undermine social mobility by widening the gap in school readiness between disadvantaged children and their more advantaged peers, social mobility experts say.

Intervention for vulnerable children being dictated by resources, warn social workers

13/09/2017

Vulnerable children are less likely to qualify for help from social services because of a growing lack of resources, according to new research.

Early years funding failing to reach disadvantaged children finds new report

01/09/2017

Only a tiny fraction of government money earmarked for supporting small children will help those most in need, according to campaigners.

Birmingham proposes to replace children's centres

20/06/2017

Birmingham City Council has launched a consultation on a plan to replace most of its children’s centres with system of ‘early years hubs’ and a network of community-based services.

Keeping kids out of care

04/01/2017

Safe Families for Children is hoping to reduce the number of children going into care by 10% through early intervention. William Eichler finds out how.

Quality of early years provision at risk due to reforms

28/09/2016

The quality of early years provision could be put at risk due to government funding reforms, new research has warned.

Councils providing patchy support to early years providers

11/08/2016

Councils do not have a consistent approach to funding early education, meaning many children are subject to poor quality services, a new report has found.

Boys 'twice as likely to fall behind girls' by age five

18/07/2016

Boys are twice as likely to fall behind girls in basic language skills by the time they start school, a new report has warned today.

Parents’ relationships not prioritised by children’s services, survey finds

14/04/2016

Support for inter-parental relationships is a high priority for those working in children’s services, but is not reflected in frontline delivery, a new poll reveals.

Early intervention project secures lottery funding

08/03/2016

A project aimed at taking early action to prevent social problems has been given nearly half a million pounds by the Big Lottery Fund.

Councils could identify potential gang members at age seven

17/11/2015

The risk of children becoming involved in gang or youth violence can be identified from the age of seven, new research has revealed.

Tower Hamlets reports good progress in improvements

16/09/2015

Trouble-torn Tower Hamlets council in London says it is making good progress on improving its processes after being taken over by commissioners.

Billions cut from early intervention funding warn charities

07/07/2015

Funding for early help services has fallen by £1.8bn in the last five years, potentially damaging the lives of children and young people, a new investigation has revealed.

Early action could avert cash crisis in services, finds taskforce

16/07/2014

A cash crisis in local government could be averted if more money was invested in early action rather than focusing on reactive spending, according to a new report.

Early intervention on youth crime could solve £60bn problem

05/12/2013

Campaigners have urged Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for England and Wales to make early intervention a priority as the best and cheapest way of preventing youth crime – which costs an estimated £60bn annually.

Study finds councils 'pivotal' to early intervention

07/11/2013

Councils are crucial to the success of early intervention and must embed immediate support for families across their work, a three-year study has concluded.

Oxfordshire Council urged not to cut early intervention services

05/11/2013

Trade union Unite is urging Oxfordshire County Council to reconsider plans to cut 700 jobs and reduce services for vulnerable people.

Foundation picks pioneering early intervention councils

08/08/2013

Twenty council areas have been chosen to provide the evidence base for early intervention schemes, as part of efforts to establish a national solution for problems affecting generations.

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The electoral landscape is now ‘more crowded than ever’, while council resources have been ground down, says Laura Lock – and she warns that professionals do not have limitless capacity.
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