Early intervention

  • 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.


  • Future Forum North: Health and care devo has been 'a good thing' for Greater Manchester

    05 December 2019

    The Greater Manchester health partnership gave Tameside the' air cover' to save £88m while reducing demand and 'creating a virtuous investment model'.


  • It all starts in the community

    10 September 2019

    Pawda Tjoa of the New Local Government Network (NLGN) says a new community-led model is needed to shift the focus of children's services to prevention.


  • Charity calls for re-investment in public health grant

    10 September 2019

    A new study of health and social care spending has found that the Government focuses too much on acute services rather than investing in long-term preventative measures.


  • Starting early to tackle obesity

    06 August 2019

    Jonathan Gribbin outlines how Nottinghamshire CC will use its inclusion in the Childhood Obesity Trailblazer programme to help the very youngest children develop healthy eating patterns before they start school.