Thank you to all those who attended and supported our second annual National Conference, Recognising Risks, Supporting Brighter Futures.
The sold-out event, attended by over 300 delegates from across the UK and further afield, took place on Tuesday 12 April at the Royal College of Physicians in London.
The day was opened by EIF’s Chair, and Chair for the event, Dame Clare Tickell, and a welcome message from our sponsor Capita One was delivered by Commercial Director Mark Raeburn. An opening plenary session on EIF’s latest evidence findings and learning on implementation was then delivered by our Chief Executive Carey Oppenheim, Director of Evidence Professor Leon Feinstein and Director of Dissemination, Donna Molloy. Breakout sessions followed on the subjects of early years parenting, the importance of couple relationships, multi-agency working to recognise risks in vulnerable children and young people and on the debate around genetics and implications for early intervention policy and practice.
The new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, delivered the keynote speech – his first speech since his appointment in March. The Secretary of State emphasised the role that parents’ relationships play in their children’s lives and future life chances, and committed to a relentless focus on the root causes of poverty. He ended by stating that work and opportunities should be universal – not determined by where you come from. The full text of his speech is available here.
The afternoon began with a repeat of the morning’s breakout sessions, and was followed by a fascinating and lively discussion around challenges and opportunities for the implementation of early intervention in the devolved nations of the UK and Ireland.
Finally as a fitting end to the day, our Founder Chair, Graham Allen MP expressed his hope that politicians’ increasing use of the language around early help and early intervention would lead to real change, and a shift in the focus of local and national budgets from late-on crisis interventions, to more successful and cost-effective early interventions.
We’d like to thank all our delegates, our sponsor, all our exhibitors and our Chair, Clare Tickell, for most generously lending support to the event.
@Dr_CasseyR Thank you @TheEIFoundation and all the contributors for a great day at
#EIFNatCon Lots of learning and plenty of hope for the future!
@Martin_CFNE Great closing speech from @GrahamAllenMP at
#EIFNatcon – excellent day! Time to take ideas back to #hartlepool and turn into actions!
@EH_infoshareCOE @TheEIFoundation Fascinating insight into opportunities for Early Intervention across UK & Ireland
@giggz83 @TheEIFoundation interesting day loads to take back home with me and put to good practice