Early intervention

  • Helping councils defuse the early years ticking time bomb

    16 November 2020

    Nesta has launched a new programme of Early Years Innovation Partnership, and is seeking councils to radically reimagine the way support is given, says Tom Symons.


  • A mature assessment

    11 November 2020

    The Early Intervention Foundation has published a new version of its Maturity Matrix. The self-assessment is the kind of tool needed now, given the impact of the pandemic on the youngest citizens, says Ben Lewing.


  • Spinning plates to improve lives

    11 November 2020

    Ann McGauran talks to Charlotte Ramsden about the part she’s played in developing a new vision and plan for children and young people’s services across Greater Manchester – and how it feels to be awarded an OBE.


  • Healthy Relationships Week: local progress in tackling parental conflict

    19 October 2020

    To mark the start of Healthy Relationships Week, Virginia Ghiara of the Early Intervention Foundation shines a spotlight on local progress in tackling parental conflict.


  • Responding to the rise in parental conflict during lockdown

    08 September 2020

    Despite a divergence in referral rates during COVID, research has found that councils are responding dynamically to deliver services, says Virginia Ghiara of the Early Intervention Foundation.


  • Charting a course through tricky waters

    01 August 2020

    Without significant extra funding, many councils and their partners will struggle during COVID-19 recovery to manage the increased demand on services for supporting children and families, says Donna Molloy.


  • Councils get faster data insights to boost their COVID-19 recovery

    26 July 2020

    Policy in Practice has secured new funding from Innovate UK, meaning councils will now have access to real-time monthly updates on living standards, says Deven Ghelani. This lays the foundation for a data-led response to COVID-19 challenges, he adds.


  • Examining the forces that push problems downstream

    01 July 2020

    The pandemic has created opportunities for learning, renewal, and new, better responses, says Graeme McDonald. The pro-early intervention arguments appear to many mere common sense, so why is investing early so difficult, he asks.


  • Early intervention: adapting to a world in lockdown

    13 May 2020

    The Early Intervention Foundation has carried out an intense effort to gather as much information as it could on what works in virtual and digital delivery, says Jack Martin. He outlines what the evidence shows.


  • Our systemic model is coming to the fore during the pandemic

    04 May 2020

    Sarah Newman, executive director of children’s services for the bi-borough  - Kensington & Chelsea RLBC and Westminster City Council – outlines how the councils have been working to protect children and families during the COVID-19 crisis.


  • Greenwich’s Children’s Centres Offer Remote Support to Families in Need

    23 April 2020

    Lisa Walsh explains how Better Children’s Centres within Greenwich RLBC are helping families by providing practical and emotional support online and over the phone.


  • What does a public health approach to childhood trauma look like?

    26 February 2020

    Local government and agencies cannot tackle the deep-rooted problems arising from adverse childhood experiences on their own, says Donna Molloy.


  • Health check

    19 February 2020

    Jayne Moules outlines how a group of Hartlepool agencies has developed a whole-system approach to reducing the impact of parental conflict on children.


  • Creating communities for all ages

    12 February 2020

    Bringing younger and older people together produces dividends, says Stephen Burke, who outlines how councils can encourage more intergenerational care and living.


  • ‘Things will not get better: We need radical action’

    12 February 2020

    Neil McInroy argues that a crisis in children’s and adults’ services calls for ‘a new spirit of action which challenges economic and political power’.


  • Taking the initiative together to tackle unhealthy weight

    28 January 2020

    Kensington & Chelsea RLBC’s Go Golborne initiative has stopped the rise in childhood obesity in the ward, says Cllr Sarah Addenbrooke.


  • Exploring all the options

    21 January 2020

    The ‘radical rethink’ needed to reform the adult social care system calls for bold decisions, full exploration of all the options – and a funding solution that may need some manoeuvring around manifesto pledges on tax, says Cllr Dave Fothergill.


  • Communities hold the key to children’s social care

    15 January 2020

    Pawda Tjoa says community-led approaches to early intervention should offer valuable lessons for policy-making on a national scale – and now is the time to ‘nurture the local initiatives that are already making a difference’.


  • Family Hubs – a manifesto promise that could be the future of public services

    06 January 2020

    For Family Hubs to work they will need two things – freedom and funding – and they need to be allowed to grow organically in a way that works for local communities, says Andrew Laird.


  • The importance of an early start

    11 December 2019

    With concerns of underfunding remaining in the childcare sector, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) president Rachel Dickinson outlines what she would like to see from future early years policies.