New EI Foundation is born

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release: For immediate use, Tuesday 5th February 2013                                                                  

 

 

NEW EARLY INTERVENTION FOUNDATION IS BORN

 

The Department for Education and The Early Intervention Foundation Consortium today (5th February) signed a contract which will see the creation of an independent Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) – one of the key recommendations of Graham Allen’s Early Intervention report[i]

The Foundation is being set up by a consortium of organisations which includes 4Children, The Local Government Association and Achievement for All 3As.  The organisations will support the new Foundation in its infancy before handing over responsibility to the Foundation’s trustees and management once it is established as a charity in its own right, in the summer. 

The EIF is being established to champion and support the move to greater use of early intervention approaches. The EIF will:

 

  • Assess what programmes work – to determine both the best Early Interventions available and their relative value for money. 
  • Translate this into practical, evidence-based Advice to local commissioners, service providers and potential investors to enable them to make the best choices for supporting children and families.
  • Advocate for Early Intervention as a serious alternative to expensive and ineffective late intervention;

The EIF will open for a first phase of business on Monday 4th March and will be formally launched later in the spring. 

 

Graham Allen MP, Chair of the Early Intervention Foundation 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. 

 

“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.” 

 

 

ENDS

 

Editors Notes

The Early Intervention Foundation is a new charity which is being established as an independent, organisation to champion and support the move to greater use of early intervention approaches. 

 

The Foundation will:

  • Assess what programmes work – to determine both the best Early Interventions available and their relative value for money. 
  • Translate this into practical, evidence-based Advice to local commissioners, service providers and potential investors to enable them to make the best choices for supporting children and families.
  • Advocate for Early Intervention as a serious alternative to expensive and ineffective late intervention;

Early intervention identifies the early symptoms of social problems and then tackles the root causes - from drink and drug abuse, teen pregnancy, low educational attainment, poor parenting and unemployment – by giving every baby, child and young person the social and emotional skills necessary to enable them to fulfill their potential.  Tackling the cause of the problem breaks the intergenerational cycles of dysfunction and reduces later costs to the taxpayer as well as non financial costs to society as a whole. 

 

The Early Intervention Foundation will initially focus on work within England but will engage with partners across the UK who share the objective of promoting Early Intervention.

 

Organisations backing The Early Intervention Foundation Consortium include:

 

  • 4Children
  • 3SC
  • Achievement for All 3As
  • Action For Children
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Barnardos
  • Best Beginnings
  • Big Issue Invest
  • Community Links
  • Family Action
  • Family and Parenting Institute/ Daycare Trust
  • I Can
  • Impetus Trust
  • Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Local Government Association
  • London Early Years Foundation
  • National Institute of Economic and Social Research
  • National Association for Voluntary and Community Action
  • National Children’s Bureau
  • NCT
  • National Day Nurseries Association
  • Nesta
  • NSPCC
  • Public Health England
  • Save the Children
  • Seven Social Care
  • The Centre for Social Justice
  • The Children’s Society
  • The Football League Trust
  • Turning Point

 

 

[1] Early Intervention: The Next Steps