Monday 15th April is a red letter day for the Early Intervention Foundation. We celebrate the launch of the Foundation and our ambitious campaign to improve the lives of children and families for generations to come.
The importance of early intervention and the work that will be carried out by the Foundation has been recognised across the political spectrum – both at the national and local level – and I am delighted that the Prime Minister and other senior politicians have thrown their weight behind the proposal to set up the Early Intervention Foundation.
And we’ve made a good start.
The Early Intervention Foundation will champion and support the greater use of early intervention measures to tackle the root causes of social problems amongst children and young people, from 0-18 years old.
The Foundation will:
Advocate for early intervention as a serious alternative to the more widespread expensive and ineffective late intervention;
Assess what programmes work – to determine both the best early interventions available and their relative value for money;
Advise local commissioners, service providers and potential investors on the best practical, evidence -based measures, enabling them to make the best choices for supporting children and families.
The Foundation will focus initially on programmes in England but will also engage with partners across the UK, and internationally, who share the objective of promoting early intervention.
It will work in partnership, building on but not replacing the work of existing agencies that have a track record in the field. It will be an enabler and knowledge hub and will not give grants or directly manage programmes.