Briefing Paper: Early Intervention. House of Commons Library, 7 July 2016
Early intervention is a public policy approach which encourages preventative intervention in the lives of children or their parents, to prevent problems developing later in life. Interventions can either be targeted at children deemed to be at higher risk of disadvantage, or can be universal in scope.
As well as the political and social benefits of preventing poor outcomes in later life, such as mental health problems, low educational attainment and crime, advocates of early intervention also cite economic benefits to the approach. This is based on the argument that preventative policies cost less to implement than reactive policies.
This paper provides information and analysis on early intervention policies aimed at parents and children from conception to age five, covering health, education, social development and financial benefits.
This paper also looks at broader arguments around early intervention as a policy approach.
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