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An independent Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has been formed after a contract between the Department for Education and the Early Intervention Foundation Consortium was signed today.
The creation of this foundation follows one of the key recommendations of Graham Allen’s early intervention report.
Mr Allen MP, chair of the EIF said: “After much anticipation it is fantastic news that today the contracts have been signed and the work of creating an independent, Early Intervention Foundation can begin. The foundation will have a vital role to play in ensuring that every baby, child and young person has the social and emotional capabilities, to fulfill their potential.”
The EIF is due to be formally launched later in the spring and will champion and support the move to greater use of early intervention approaches. It will assess which programmes that are already available work as well as their relative value for money and use the findings to deliver practical, evidence based advice.
Local commissioners, service providers and potential investors will benefit from this service as it will enable them to make the best choices for supporting children and families.
Mr Allen continued: “During the next few weeks the Consortium will be working tirelessly to get the Foundation up and running and we look forward to getting started on this vital work.”
A consortium of organisations including 4children, The Local Government Association and Barnardos will support the new foundation in its early stages by advocating early intervention as a serious alternative to expensive and ineffective late intervention. They are planned to hand over responsibility to the foundation’s trustees and management in the summer, when it has been established as a charity in its own right.