Early intervention and prevention for vulnerable children, young people and families,
poses one of the greatest challenges for local services and society at large. Identifying
local, national and international knowledge of ‘what works’ in early intervention
and prevention, and supporting its use has the potential to transform life chances
and ensure resources are spent wisely.
‘Grasping the nettle: early intervention for children, families and communities’
demonstrates the challenges and opportunities in supporting children, families and
communities through early intervention, based on effective local, national and international
practice. The most striking message is that early intervention clearly works
– when it is an appropriate intervention, applied well, following timely identification
of a problem; and the earlier the better to secure maximum impact and greatest long
term sustainability (both as early in the child’s life as possible or as soon as
possible after a need becomes apparent).
‘Grasping the nettle’ is based on the joint call for evidence of effective local
practice by C4EO and ADCS (the Association of Directors of Children's Services)
at the start of the year which led to over 100 submissions, and a number of these
are summarised in the publication. In parallel, C4EO commissioned a rapid review
of international experience, from the Wave Trust, to build a solid base of evidence.
By teasing out and distilling the key messages from this wealth of evidence of ‘what
works’, including research findings, this practice guide aims to support local
authorities and their partners in improving the quality of life chances for the
children, families and communities that they serve. This work has been led by an
Expert Group of senior leaders and academics, chaired by Kim Bromley-Derry, past
President of ADCS and Acting Chief Executive of Newham.
The work on this theme is shaped and guided by a Theme Advisory Group.
Click here for more information about theme advisory groups and the membership
for this theme.
This paper summarises local practice validated as excellent or deemed promising
in response to the joint call for effective practice from ADCS and C4EO. It highlights
the early messages from an analysis of these initial case studies.
Disclaimer:International Experience of Early Intervention for Children,
Young People and their Families
C4EO commissioned the WAVE Trust to complete this rapid desk study to contribute
to the evidence base for our Grasping the Nettle report. Any opinions and recommendations
in the WAVE Trust report are those of WAVE not C4EO.
Wave Trust website
Early Intervention –
Early messages from effective local practice ‘call for evidence’ (57Kb
PDF file, 7 pages)
Early Intervention – Desk study
(283Kb PDF file, 21 pages) - This report focuses on early intervention and
prevention, in the context of integrated services.
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As with all C4EO themes, C4EO recognises that not all useful knowledge about ‘what
works’ and why, is to be found in research reports and papers. We are therefore
keen to hear about practice that is leading to significantly improved outcomes for
children, young people and their families.
We will incorporate validated local practice examples into our full reviews on what
works, which will be shared with other decision-makers in the children’s services
field. We will also include them as a special body of evidence on this website.
To be validated, practice examples need to be supported by some evidence which shows
the outcomes and changes that have been achieved.
If you would like to submit an example of effective local practice, please:
Alternatively you can:
If you have any queries regarding validated local practice, please do not hesitate
to contact Monica Hetherington at NFER via
about the call for effective local practice examples under the Early Intervention
theme (57Kb PDF file, 7 pages).
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See how local practice examples are making a difference
Child Development Programme Pilot, Darlington
Early Notification of Pregnancy, Lancashire
View all validated local practice
Suggest local practice examples
A multi-disciplinary approach to early intervention family support for vulnerable children and families, Hammersmith and Fulham
Children and Families Enterprise Project (CAFÉ), Kent
Community Mums and Dads Programme, Reading
View all promising local practice
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