Independent charity launches to improve the lives of children through an early intervention approach.

Date Published: 05 Jul 2013 @ 14:07 PM
Article By: Julia Corbett, News Editor

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has now secured independence which has marked the start of its bid to get investment for early intervention programmes at a conference in London.

By becoming an independent charity, it is hoped that the Foundation will continue to implement early intervention both nationally and locally after the Government’s initial £3.5m investment, by securing investment in its programmes.

The charity will work to change what it describes as the current dominant culture of late reaction, to one of early intervention.

The Foundation has argued that pre-emptive programmes can transform a child’s life chances for the better, by giving them the social and emotional skills required to succeed early on in life.

The financial benefits of early intervention have also been championed by the charity, which claims that investing in early intervention can save tax payers money in the long term as it by giving children essential education and support early on in life.

The EIF chief executive officer Carey Oppenheim described the hopes for the positive impact the early intervention charity can have and said: “With the independence of the Early Intervention Foundation secured, today marks the official start of our charity’s mission – to ensure babies, children and young people come first and given the social and emotional skills required to succeed in life.“

The former policy advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair said: “Early Intervention is the best tool to combat social problems faced by children , not only to improve the lives of the thousands of families who are helped by the programme but, importantly in this age of austerity, to save the country money in the long-term. “We have to start thinking about how we spend our money more intelligently as a country and Early Intervention perfectly embodies the strategic approach to government investment we need.”

Work that the early intervention foundation is set to do, will work towards the greater use of early intervention measures to help children to tackle the root causes of social problems by working with local commissioners, service providers and practitioners including day nurseries.

The role of chair for the charity will be taken on by MP Graham Allen, who has been responsible for two Government commissioned reports discussing the subject of early intervention.

Graham Allen MP Mr Allen said: “The independence of the Early Intervention Foundation is the result of years of hard work and is a symbol of the growing consensus and understanding that early intervention holds many answers to the challenges our country faces.

“The task of the Foundation now is to establish what works, with the help of 25 places around the country and start to put early intervention programmes into practice which can begin to transform the life chances of our next generation.”

Although currently initially focusing on programmes in England, the charity will also engage with partners both internationally and from around the UK to further the promotion of early intervention.

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