Early Intervention: a guide for frontline police officers and PCSOs

This Guide is the first in a series of guides for frontline professionals.  It includes links to more information about the evidence base behind early intervention as well as practical examples of how local police officers are working with partners to spot risk factors and offer help to children, young people and families.

Our aim is to shift spending, action and support for children and families from late to early intervention, from picking up the pieces to giving everyone the best start in life. We want to see a pre-emptive approach which focuses on addressing the root causes of problems before they become entrenched. Not only can this shift in attitude and spending improve outcomes for the next generation and their families, it has the potential to reap significant financial savings.

Achieving the step change we want to see means that we need to change the behaviour of professionals working directly with children and families, so that Early intervention becomes part of their day to day business.  If we’re going to reach all those who need help in a timely way, every professional who has contact with children, young people or families, from the school teacher to the GP; from the police officer to the job advisor, needs the tools to be able to spot risk factors and ensure that support is put in place.  This is not just something for those who work in ‘support’ services or who have Early Intervention in their job title.  The first worker in the door, whichever agency they may be from, must have the Early Intervention ‘toolkit’ they need.

We are delighted to have worked with the College of Policing, the Home Office, the Police and Crime Commissioners for Dorset, Staffordshire and Lancashire and many others to produce this practical guide for operational police officers and Police Community Support Officers.

Press coverage



Sergeant Scott Archer from Lancashire Constabulary gives his views on the role frontline police officers can play in supporting Early Intervention.

Martyn Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, tells us about the role PCCs and frontline police can play in Early Intervention.

Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, Sussex Police, tells us about the importance of frontline policing in ensuring positive outcomes for young people.

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