SCIE press release

Enabling local authorities to intervene early to support children and families

24 April 2013

Greater consistency in national policy and creative leadership is needed to improve longterm wellbeing of children and families most at risk of developing significant problems

A new report from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) indicates that local authorities understand the value of intervening early to support children and families at greatest risk of developing problems.

Speaking about the findings at an Action for Children breakfast seminar today (24 April 2013), report author, Beth Anderson, Head of Evidence and Guidance at SCIE, says:

Investing in long-term issues such as prevention and early intervention, whilst also funding immediate needs remains a challenge for local authorities. But SCIE's research indicates that the keys to effective early intervention are: providing visionary and creative local leadership; having a clear understanding of children's and families' journey through what can be a complex local system; and multi-professional working at the local level.

Local authorities we spoke to indicated that central government can support long-term planning by creating a more coherent and stable policy environment.

Early intervention: decision-making in local authority children's services was commissioned by Action for Children. The report explores the national and local factors that facilitate and hinder the delivery of improved outcomes for children and families over the longer-term, working on the basis that long-term planning and early intervention are inextricably linked.


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