Every baby, child and young person needs support to achieve their potential, but some children require extra help along the way. Early Intervention is about getting additional, timely and effective support to children who need it - enabling them to flourish and preventing costly, harmful long-term consequences.
This not only improves outcomes for children but also saves money. How much better to help the child before he or she is excluded from school, or commits a crime or goes into care – for the child, family, community and wider society.
The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) champions the use of evidence-based Early Intervention programmes, practices and systems which aim to improve children and young people’s social and emotional skills, language and communication, self control and mental health. Without these often taken-for-granted skills children find it difficult to form relationships, learn and thrive at school and beyond. Our focus is from conception to young adulthood.
The Government has designated EIF a “What Works Centre” for identifying what is effective in Early Intervention. We combine a robust evidence-based approach with advice on how to change practice on the ground - a combination which we see as the way forward.
We are a charity and will provide independent, authoritative and accessible advice through:
Assessment of the evidence on what works – to determine both the best early interventions available and their relative value for money;
Advice to all on the best practical, evidence-based measures, and how to deliver them effectively to make the most impact for children and families;
Advocacy for early intervention as a serious alternative to expensive and ineffective late intervention.