Early Intervention

Improving Outcomes for Young People - We're Spending Too Much on Symptoms Rather Than Causes

Ewan King | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan King

It's a very challenging problem we face: how do we significantly reduce our spending on crisis care and acute treatment and start investing in tackling the problems that emerge early in children's lives. It will take brave decisions by leaders and commissioners to move in this direction. But we have to start doing it so that children and young people start experiencing the quality outcomes that we as a society should be able to provide for them.

We All Have a Responsibility to Help Vulnerable Children

Martin Barrow | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

At the school gates parents mellow and become curious about this child's new lease of life. So often, they admit they were aware of problems, but felt it was not their place to become involved. Sometimes, there are genuine concerns for their own safety. But mostly, I am sad to say, it is down to indifference.

We Have to Start Thinking 'Less'

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Professionally we grew up, our children's services and child care theory and practice developed, in times of plenty, and by extension, of certainty. We never dreamed we would one day dread the implications of a world where plenty and certainty were not present.

Mother's Day Reflection: My Son Said His First Word Age 6. It Wasn't Mum, But I Didn't Care

Catherine Shooter | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Parents
Catherine Shooter

How would my little boy understand his world? How would he cope? Would he ever know friendship? What would the future be? How could I possibly be there with him every minute of the day and protect him from the pain of scorn and rejection.

Early Intervention Is the Key to Preventing Bullying

Claude Knights | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK
Claude Knights

I remember when reports of bullying were greeted with a shrug, judged as just part of growing up. We all can recall the children deemed "weird" or different, who were teased mercilessly over their clothing, their accent, their interests, their awkwardness.

We Need to Get Young People Talking

Kate Elliott | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

If I could share some wisdom with my younger self, I think it would be the following: Times will get hard, but you will get through them One day you ...

Child Neglect: A Surge in Public Opinion

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Child neglect has been staring us in the face for too long. Headlines relate the tragic stories of children who grow up shockingly deprived and, in extreme cases, die because of neglect. These children not only lack basic essentials like nutritious food and adequate clothing, they also lack the love, support and warmth that every youngster needs to thrive.

Dear Health Minister: We Need to Continue the Momentum on Mental Health

Craig Thorley | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK Politics
Craig Thorley

The challenges are many, and the obstacles are significant. But a focus on maximising funding, creating integrated and effective services and promoting wellbeing among young people will give the incoming Minister the greatest chance of building on the momentum of the last few years. Mental ill-health often serves to harden pre-existing inequalities, and can severely impact our ability to work, build social relationships and contribute to our communities. If the ambition is to truly create the Big Society, then mental ill-health cannot be ignored.

Autumn Statement Is a Chance to Change

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

We can't go on just trying to cope with the effects of problems, we need real commitment to preventing them or reducing them early. Without this, we will continue wasting young people's potential, and wasting money that would have been better spent earlier.

Government Must Act Now to Improve Our Children's Future

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Millions of children face a bleak future, neglected, homeless and living in poverty because help isn't getting to them and their families soon enough. Spending time and money on preventing a problem early on can avoid greater cost, effort and future harm.

Child Neglect Can Be Stopped in Its Tracks: The Right Information Will Help Reach Children Early

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Children who may be suffering or who are at greater risk of neglect, but whose circumstances do not reach an authority's threshold to receive social care support, are less likely to get the help that they need. Instead, their situations can be allowed to deteriorate to become even more desperate or dangerous. It is a tragedy that due to a lack of gathering the right information, children whose lives could be improved are needlessly put at further risk. Child neglect can be stopped in its tracks.

Why I'm Committed to Helping the Most Vulnerable Children

Javed Khan | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

Today as I start my new role as the chief executive of Barnardo's, the charity's purpose remains to transform the lives of the UK's most vulnerable children. Our vision is to realise Thomas Barnardo's dream of a world where no child is turned away from the help that they need.

Tackling Poor Attainment and Preventing NEETs HAS to Start with Character-Building

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lady Diana Whitmore

Former children's minister Tim Loughton said last week that improving educational outcomes is the key to tackling youth unemployment. He's absolutely right, and it is early intervention programmes like ours that can help to ensure the most disadvantaged young children and teenagers are able to achieve their full academic, and personal, potential.

The Welfare Cap Alone Won't Bring Down Spending

Helen Donohoe | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Helen Donohoe

Whatever the merits of an overall cap on welfare spending and however it is going to work, it's clear that on its own it's not enough. This debate on welfare and poverty is taking the focus from where it is most needed - helping vulnerable children and their families.

The Budget: If We're In It Together, Shouldn't We Get Out Of It Together?

David Robinson | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
David Robinson

While the Chancellor in his budget tomorrow will speak of the Spring shoots of economic recovery, it is still Autumn in the land of public services and in communities like ours in east London.

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

Full Spectrum Early Intervention Needs Residential Options Too

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The Early Intervention Foundation's (EIF) aspiration to end late intervention should be accompanied by research into residential options for children....

Where Are the Champions for Young People With Higher Level Needs?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Public money is needed in developing early intervention. It is predicated on saving money in the longer term. It needs to be made now.

Time to Pension Off Old Thinking About Residential Child Care

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

If we are to succeed in our current rethinking of how we meet the needs of young people in need we should adjust our thinking about children's homes, fostering and adoption.

Early Intervention: Common Sense, So Why Not Common Practice?

Dan Corry | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

The message from the Early Action Task Force is loud and clear: to really make expenditure sustainable, as well as create a better society, switching more spend to early action is key.

We Need to Focus on the First Steps in Early Intervention

Helen Dent | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Politics
Helen Dent

Frank Field has hit the headlines again this week talking about how we measure poverty and improve life chances for children.

Feedback From First Citizens Focus Group in Broxtowe, Nottingham

Richard Robinson | Posted 29.04.2012 | UK Politics
Richard Robinson

Essentially I wanted to help create a forum whereby members of the public who are predominantly members of no political party, could get together and have their say on "big issues" facing them, the local communities and our country.

NHS, Early Intervention & Social Impact Bonds

Richard Robinson | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK Politics
Richard Robinson

The NHS Bill struggles on, and we will continue to fight it with every last sinew. But not everything this government will do will be as toxic, with the party or the people.

Cameron's 'Troubleshooters' are an Ironic Example Of Britain's Late Reaction Culture

Ferg Slade | Posted 15.02.2012 | UK Politics
Ferg Slade

I watched intently yesterday as David Cameron announced a £450m plan to tackle Britain's worst 120,000 families. According to the Prime Minister, these families and their truancy, joblessness and anti-social behaviour cost Britain £9bn a year, and what we really need is someone to coordinate all the agencies that work with them to make them be less Shameless, more Waltons.