Home visits pilot moves to next phase
A study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IfS) says a small-scale pilot home visiting intervention in Peterborough for young children in disadvantaged families is showing promising results. Ann McGauran reports.
Peterborough’s pioneering partnership with the Institute for Fiscal Studies aims to benefit its communities’ outcomes for children and young people. Wendi Ogle-Welbourn sets out why the city is testing the approach.
Don't allow this strange summer lull to dilute our focus
There will come a time when a new administration will need a new domestic policy agenda, says John O'Brien. We have to make sure we continue to show how councils should be a vital part of that future, he adds.
Catch them early and save their lives
A child’s experiences at an early age can make a major difference to their long-term outcomes. Rachel Dickinson explains how austerity and a lack of cash is preventing local needs being met,
Time to reassess children’s mental health
In over a third of local areas spending on children’s low-level mental health services dropped in real terms between 2016/17 and 2018/19. Charlotte Levey says councils need to work alongside health partners to prioritise vital provision.
Promoting healthy minds for children
Following a successful partnership bid to NHS England for funding to improve children’s mental health provision, South Tyneside is now a trailblazer site, says John Pearce, enabling the area to enter a ‘new and exciting’ phase.
Knowing when to ‘nudge’
Jim McManus outlines how to navigate ‘that nudge thing’ – behavioural economics, insights and science to apply the right solution and avoid wasting time and money
Building residents’ resilience
Mark Fowler of Barking & Dagenham LBC and Sue Nelson of Luton BC outline how they are using insights from household data to build residents’ resilience.
Keeping intervention uppermost in mind
Dame Louise Casey, creator of the Troubled Families programme, says the vindication given by the scheme's evaluation came as a ‘relief’.But the Spending Review is the chance to ensure investment in early intervention continues. Martin Ford reports
Social workers have a key role in helping disabled people get more active
An evaluation of the Get Yourself Active programme, which sought to identify ways to boost participation of disabled people in sport and physical activity, has concluded that social workers have a key role to play, says Leanne Wightman
Tackling knife crime must top to-do list
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'.