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Support to tackle health and social problems
WILTSHIRE will be one of 20 places across the country to receive specialised support in tackling health and social problems.
Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council successfully placed a joint bid to become one of the pioneer Early Intervention Places in the UK.
The support will see the councils sharing their experiences and receiving 20 days of in-depth support to plan and evaluate support programmes.
The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) will then use the results from the scheme to help provide a bank of independent, comprehensive and authoritative assessment and advice on early intervention.
Cabinet member for Children Services at Wiltshire Council Laura Mayes said the support would help the county develop a prevention culture that looked to “tackle the causes of poor outcomes rather than the symptoms after they arise”.
She said: “We want every child to have the best start in life and if we can provide early support to help ward off potential problems we can make a difference.
“We are delighted to be one of only a few chosen as pioneers to work with the Early Intervention Foundation, which is committed to carving out a new approach to tackling health and social problems at the source. We will be sharing our own experiences of what works and also benefitting from this in-depth support to develop and scale up these areas of work for the good of our children.”
The EIF was set up to ensure every baby, child and young person can realise their potential by having the basic social and emotional skills that most take for granted. Donna Molloy, director of implementation at The Early Intervention Foundation, said: “While most of us would agree early intervention is worth doing, practical advice and evidence about how to make this a reality is in short supply.
“The 20 places are already early intervention pioneers in many ways, but want to go much further.
The EIF team are really looking forward to working with them to develop understanding about how to put Early Intervention into practice and which programmes, services and systems work best to support this."
For more details visit early interventionfoundation.org.uk/about-us/vision.
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