eifThe Department for Education and The Early Intervention Foundation Consortium have announced the launch of a new independent Early Intervention Foundation (EIF). 

The Foundation, one of the key recommendations of the recent National Audit Office report into early intervention services, is being set up by a consortium of organisations which includes 4Children, National Children's Bureau, the NSPCC and Achievement for All 3As.

Report author Graham Allen MP will also serve as chair of EIF and said he was looking forward to starting the "vital work" of identifying ways to meet the potential of early intervention.

He added: "After much anticipation it is fantastic news that today the contracts have been signed and the work of creating an independent, Early Intervention Foundation can begin. The Foundation will have a vital role to play in ensuring that every baby, child and young person has the social and emotional capabilities, to fulfill their potential.

"The NAO report made clear that early intervention, as well as being great for individuals and families and excellent social policy, is also the biggest deficit reduction programme available to the UK because of the massive long-term savings it produces."

The Foundation will be set up and run by the youth consortium before handing the Foundation’s trustees and management take responsibility once it is established as a charity in its own right, in the summer.

The EIF is being established to champion and support the move to greater use of early intervention approaches by:
·Assessing what programmes work – to determine both the best Early Interventions available and their relative value for money.
·Translating this into practical, evidence-based advice to local commissioners, service providers and potential investors to enable them to make the best choices for supporting children and families.
· Advocating early intervention as a serious alternative to expensive and ineffective late intervention;

It will open for a first phase of business on Monday 4th March and will be formally launched later in the spring.

For more information visit www.earlyinterventionfoundation.org

Posted 05/02/2013 by richard.hook@pavpub