early intervention

Effective relationships with vulnerable parents to improve outcomes for children and young people: final study report

York Consulting was commissioned by Action for Children to undertake research to articulate how Action for Children professionals develop effective relationships with vulnerable parents and how this makes a difference for children and young people. The focus of the research was to develop a skills framework that would define the key aspects of effective professional relationships and the competencies required to achieve them.

Tough love, not get tough: responsive approaches to improving behaviour in schools

Briefing that shows that schools which succeed in engaging children and improving behaviour for the long term respond to their pupils’ needs by offering an authoritative approach to discipline which addresses the underlying causes of bad behaviour, which often lie in problems at home.

Make runaways safe

Report that clearly shows how stepping in the first time a child runs away can lead to substantial financial savings for a number of agencies – and society as a whole. It calls on central government to take the lead and set out an action plan that focuses on raising awareness, improving support, improving statutory responses and ensuring clear systems of accountability and performance management, and improving police responses.

Making sense of early intervention: a framework for professionals

Briefing paper that provides a framework for early intervention for professionals taking crucial commissioning and funding decisions at the local authority level. It distils key common threads from the plethora of recent reports on the pressing need for this approach. Most significantly, it addresses emerging misconceptions about how an authority- or borough-wide early intervention strategy should be delivered and, in particular, challenges an overly ‘programmatic’ approach.

Early intervention: smart investment, massive savings

Second independent report to Her Majesty's Government. It proposes two complementary approaches to funding: one is to use current public funding more effectively; the other is to mobilise additional investment from sources outside the public sector.

This will require a new approach to supporting service commissioners, providers and a new cadre of investors.

Getting better?: improving outcomes for children and young people (Part 2)

Briefing paper produced to highlight the key research messages from the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s services (C4EO) for general practitioners (GPs) and other commissioners and providers of health services, across a number of thematic areas. The messages help to illustrate some of the interventions that have been proven to have a positive impact and make a difference in people’s lives.

CSE and youth offending: briefing document

Summary of key findings from original research into the association between child sexual exploitation (CSE) and youth offending in Derby. Patterns of offending are explored, along with their implications for policy and practice.

A toolkit to support the commissioning of targeted preventative services: South West regional commissioning

Toolkit developed by the Institute of Public Care in response to an identified need from commissioners of adult social care and health services across the South West.

It is intended to help commissioners ensure that in a period of huge financial pressure that best use is being made of limited prevention and early intervention resources, and to enable commissioners to further contribute to the development of new and effective preventative services.

Prevention and reduction: a review of strategies for intervening early to prevent or reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour

Review aimed at providing a comprehensive understanding of the key characteristics of ‘what works’ in terms of early interventions to prevent or reduce youth crime or anti-social behaviour.

By drawing on evidence from the international literature, primarily the US where the evidence base is especially strong, it provides a critical evaluation of youth crime interventions in England, where the scientific evidence is less robust.

Plusone mentoring: evaluation

plusone mentoring is an early intervention programme that uses a voluntary mentoring approach to engage with young people aged mainly 8 to 14 years who are deemed at high risk of future offending. It combines the school, social work, police and community model with a youth work model, which emphasises community involvement and responsive practice in work with young people.