Early intervention

  • Tackling knife crime must top to-do list

    20 March 2019

    A holistic, whole-systems approach focusing on early, effective intervention is vital if we are to halt knife crime. This can only be done by working together and making use of the sector’s know-how, as Bob Neill argues


  • London's adult social care services need a long term solution too

    16 January 2019

    Making a success of the NHS Long Term Plan and providing high-quality care to Londoners all depends on the resilience of adult social care over the next decade, according to Ray Puddifoot


  • Early intervention’s not enough without funding

    09 January 2019

    There will never be enough money for the behemoth that is the NHS - and the real under-funding is in the local government services it so covets, according to Heather Jameson


  • Unlocking the power of people

    08 January 2019

    Donna Hall says Greater Manchester’s radical new place-based model is bringing together teams to help support each family and each person in their area.


  • The NHS makes a land grab for public health

    08 January 2019

    Flushed with the massive bung from the Prime Minister, the NHS appears to have decided it must take over cash-strapped local government judging by its latest so-called long-term plan, says Michael Burton


  • Embedding wellbeing in Northern Ireland

    28 November 2018

    Carnegie UK Trust is working with three community planning partnerships to help them address the challenges they face in collecting, analysing and incorporating the data needed to develop a wellbeing framework. Lauren Pennycook outlines the aims.


  • Transformation can still yield more savings, claims mandarin

    19 November 2018

    Further transformation may still help councils make savings in children’s services, a top Department for Education (DfE) civil servant has claimed.


  • Troubled Families funding could be extended beyond 2020

    14 November 2018

    Funding for the Troubled Families programme could continue beyond 2020 after it was found three-quarters of councils are poised to make early intervention cuts.


  • The trouble with troubled families

    13 November 2018

    In the melee of the adult social care cash crisis, rising children’s services pressures and pothole funding chasms, Troubled Families budgets have been low down the list of priorities, writes Heather Jameson


  • Districts' crucial role in the prevention agenda

    13 November 2018

    Sandra Dineen believes the district council’s contribution is key to the success of the prevention agenda - 'particularly in ensuring our residents have the right homes, suited to their needs and have access to our services at the earliest possible stage'.


  • Making a healthy start

    13 November 2018

    There are still big issues that need to be addressed if the prevention agenda is to be a success, as key speaker at this year's County Councils' Network annual conference Phil Swann explains


  • Vulnerable children need 'bold solutions'

    30 October 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.


  • Lessons from ‘failure’

    24 October 2018

    In the context of Northamptonshire’s failure and warnings of other councils on the edge of collapse, Ed Hammond argues local approaches are likely to work better than the formal intervention regime


  • Welsh councils call for ring-fenced preventative funding

    18 September 2018

    A new preventative fund should be created in Wales to help ease the strain on children’s services, councils have said.