Early Intervention’ is fast gaining public interest, partly because of increased awareness of how it can help to improve people’s lives and partly due to pressure to reduce the costs of public services. But what does ‘Early Intervention’ actually mean?
Early Intervention means working with youngsters early on to help them get the best start in life, and address potential issues that could cause a drain on public services and their future opportunities later on. The Early Intervention Foundation describes it as ‘ensuring that everyone is able to realise their full potential by developing the range of skills we all need to thrive’.
Providing the right products and services to youngsters early on helps to them to flourish, enabling them to contribute more to society. It avoids potential future costs of providing support for a longer period of time throughout adulthood that would far outweigh the costs of early intervention. The Early Action Task Force compares these kinds of actions to ‘building a fence at the top of a cliff rather than running an ambulance at the bottom’.
What sort of products and services do we mean?
Products and services can range from coaching and counseling for children with mental health issues, to police and healthcare services for teenagers living in areas of high deprivation, and many more in between.
Take a look at our Social Value: So What? Video to get a good understanding of the number of services that can be involved.
Why not find out about the CAN Invest’s Early Intervention Fund
Or read our previous jargon busting articles:
- What does ‘Social Enterprise’ mean?
- What does ‘Social Investment’ mean?
- What does ‘Social Impact’ mean?
- What does ‘Impact led strategy’ mean?