Early help for families

The purpose of an early intervention approach is to work in partnership to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. The aim is to address problems at the earliest opportunity before they are able to escalate and by helping to break the longer term intergenerational cycle of poor outcomes.

Early intervention requires a shift in focus onto the causes rather than the symptoms of problems, with investment in prevention and early intervention which has been proven to reduce the demand on specialist services in the longer term.