PEIN have launched a new report making the economic and moral case for prevention and early intervention
The report is not calling for additional funding, but for existing services to be re-aligned from remediation to prevention – and sets out specific recommendations on how this change can be structured and delivered.
It recommends a cross departmental effort to achive this, led by the Departments of Public Expenditure and Reform and Children and Youth Affairs, with the Child and Family Agency who should engage all relevant government departments in prevention and early intervention strategies and in the manner in which resources are allocated.
Minister Frances Fitzgerald welcomed the report, and said:
“We are increasingly seeing, from both Irish and international research, that early intervention can offer significant benefits in terms of delivering best outcomes for children, disrupting the emergence of poor outcomes and generating longer-term returns to the state and society. I welcome the findings and recommendations of this report on how we integrate and mainstream prevention and early intervention practice into child and family services.”
The report is accompanied by five short films from prevention and early intervention champions – Watch here!
• Mr Michael Donnellan – Director of the Irish Prison Service
• Fr Peter McVerry – founder of the Peter McVerry Homelessness Trust
• Ms Joanne Kelly – parent and participant in PEI parenting course
• Mr Marke Gray – speaking about his experiences of the Irish care system
• Professor Noirín Hayes – Early Years specialist.