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for practice on preventing and managing childhood obesity (84Kb PDF file, 3 pages).
This parents and carers resource shows you what can really make a difference to
Early intervention and prevention for vulnerable children, young people and families
poses one of the greatest challenges for local services and society at large. Identifying
local, national and international knowledge of ‘what works’ in early intervention
and prevention, and supporting its use, has the potential to transform life chances
and ensure resources are spent wisely.
'Grasping the nettle' was based on the joint call for evidence of effective local
practice by C4EO and ADCS (the Association of Directors of Children's Services)
which led to over 100 submissions, and a number of these are summarised in the publication.
In parallel, C4EO commissioned a rapid review of international experience, from
the Wave Trust, to build a solid base of evidence.
By teasing out and distilling the key messages from this wealth of evidence of 'what
works', including research findings, this practice guide aimed to support
Local Authorities and their partners in improving the quality of life chances for
the children, families and communities that they serve. This work was led by an
Expert Group of senior leaders and academics, chaired by Kim Bromley-Derry, past
President of ADCS and Acting Chief Executive of Newham Council.
The work on this theme was shaped and guided by a Theme Advisory
Graham Allen was appointed by the Government in July 2010 to lead an independent
review into Early Intervention. The reviews focused on the following:
the next steps – Published January 2011
Smart Investment, Massive Savings in PDF Format - Published July 2011
For more information about this theme contact C4EO on 020 7843 6358 or email us
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These papers summarise local practice validated as excellent or deemed promising
in response to the joint call for effective practice from ADCS and C4EO. It highlights
the early messages from an analysis of these initial case studies.
Disclaimer: International Experience of Early Intervention for
Children, Young People and their Families
C4EO commissioned the WAVE Trust to complete this rapid desk study to contribute
to the evidence base for our Grasping the Nettle report. Any opinions and recommendations
in the WAVE Trust report are those of WAVE not C4EO.
Wave Trust website
Early Intervention – Desk study
(283Kb PDF file, 21 pages) - This report focuses on early intervention and
prevention, in the context of integrated services.
In June 2012 C4EO, and Wave Trust, supported by the Big Lottery Fund, ran a well-attended one day conference called ‘Primary Prevention - cheaper than cure, better outcomes for children’. This event addressed such issues as: what is meant by Primary Prevention; where best to invest; examples of effective local and national practice and workshops to share local experience.
Presentations from the event are available here:
Please check again later for more events...
As with all C4EO themes, C4EO recognises that not all useful knowledge about ‘what
works’ and why, is to be found in research reports and papers. We are therefore
keen to hear about practice that is leading to significantly improved outcomes for
children, young people and their families.
We will incorporate validated local practice examples into our full reviews on what
works, which will be shared with other decision-makers in the children’s services
field. We will also include them as a special body of evidence on this website.
To be validated, practice examples need to be supported by some evidence which shows
the outcomes and changes that have been achieved.
If you would like to submit an example of effective local practice, please:
Alternatively you can:
If you have any queries regarding validated local practice, please do not hesitate
to contact Monica Hetherington at NFER via
about the call for effective local practice examples under the Early Intervention
theme (57Kb PDF file, 7 pages).
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See how local practice examples are making a difference
Mentoring and Peer Support (MAPS) 1:1 for vulnerable children and young people, London Borough of Sutton.
The Helping Families Programme, Southwark, Camden, Ealing and Maidenhead
The Parent Child Game (PCG)
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Suggest local practice examples
Targeted Parenting Programme for Families with Multiple Difficulties, Luton
Postnatal Counselling: Early Intervention for Mothers with Postnatal Depression, MumsAid CiC, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Naomi House - a Mother and Baby residential drug treatment home, Bristol
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Labelled - a safe, supportive trading, training and enterprise environment for young people to thrive, Patchwork People CIC, Darlington
Early Intervention of Domestic Abuse - Me+You=4Eva, Unique Voice CIC, Bristol
Family Action Perinatal Support project, Nottinghamshire
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