We all want better lives for children and young people. We have high aspirations for this to be the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up. Most children and young people do well. Most move in and out of difficulties through their lives, and some have important disadvantages that currently are only addressed when they become serious.
Sometimes their parents know there is a problem but struggle to know how to get help. We want to identify these children and young people earlier and help them before things reach crisis point. The most important way of doing this is for everyone in the children and young people’s workforce to pay attention to their progress and well-being, and be prepared to help if something is going wrong.
The idea of early intervention is simple: by working together with children, parents and families we can prevent issues occurring, or provide better support when they do.
Calderdale’s Early Intervention Strategy is a vision and an approach that will continue to be developed by feedback from Children and Young People and Families. The aim for Calderdale is that children, young people and families tell us that the help they got was at the right time, it was good and made a positive difference.
Calderdale’s Early Intervention Strategy (EIS) has been developed to deliver a co-ordinated approach to multi-agency locality working. The priority is to deliver intervention which is early and focused for children, young people (aged 0 to 19) and their families who have been identified as requiring some support from a specialist service to address unmet needs.