Why this matters
The development of effective early intervention and prevention services is critical at a time of reducing resources across the public sector and rising demand for specialist services. More effective early intervention and prevention services will result in fewer inappropriate referrals to specialist services and in children, young people and their families receiving the support required much earlier and at a reduced cost.
What we will do
Our ambition for early intervention and prevention services in Nottinghamshire is that children, young people and their families will receive the most appropriate support to meet their needs at the earliest opportunity, in order to ensure better outcomes and the cost effective delivery of services.
In 2010, the Pathway to Provision initiative was introduced to support practitioners across the Children’s Trust in identifying the most appropriate level of support required by a child, young person or family ( See Figure 2).
The Nottinghamshire Early Intervention and Prevention Strategy [PDF 756KB] sets out our Children’s Trust’s ambition for the further development of early intervention and prevention services.
The strategy has five key work strands:
- the provision of services to ensure the best start in life
- the development of language for life
- the engagement and support of parents and carers
- the development of effective structures and processes
- the use and provision of management information.
For each of these strands there is a detailed implementation plan. The strategy also outlines impact indicators that will be used to measure our success in improving outcomes for children, young people and their families.
When we will do this
By September 2011, the strategy will have been published and communicated to practitioners, and activities within each of the five strands will have started.
How this will improve the lives of children, young people or families
Key impact measures include:
- reducing the numbers of children requiring statutory child protection intervention
- improving educational attendance and attainment, including reducing the achievement gap
- raising 16-18 year olds’ participation in education, training or employment
- improving health outcomes for children and young people
- reducing the number of young people involved in crime.