The Early Intervention Foundation

Early Intervention:
changing the late intervention culture
Early Intervention:
changing the late intervention culture
Graham Allen MP
Chair of the Early Intervention Foundation
Early Intervention: changing the late
intervention culture
Graham Allen MP
Originator of Nottingham as ‘Early Intervention City.’
Co-author with Iain Duncan Smith MP of ‘Early Intervention: Good
Parents, Great Kids, Better Citizens.’
Author of independent reports to HMG ‘Early Intervention: The Next
Steps’ and ‘Early Intervention: Smart Investment, Massive Savings .’
Founder and Chair of the Early Intervention Foundation
The Intergenerational Cycle
Tracey with Kate, 2003
Sharon with baby
Tracey, 1987
The aim of Early Intervention is to
build social and emotional bedrock
in every baby, child and young
Develop Social (not anti-social) Behaviour
 Empathy the single greatest inhibitor of propensity to violence
 Established early by observation of parental reaction
 Attunement: parent and child emotionally in tune with each
 Babies show empathy by one year old. Not all develop this
 “All rapport, the root of caring, stems from the capacity for
Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence
Stimulus e.g. Parent’s Speech and Child’s vocabulary
Average number of 40
heard by
child at
age of
4 years (million)
child of professional parents
child of working class parents
child of family on welfare
(Hart B, Risley T. Meaningful differences in the everyday experience of of young american children. Baltimore: Paul H Brookes Publishing: 1995))
By 3 years of age children have heard in:
- poorer families: 200,000 discouragements / 75,000 encouragements
- professional families: 80,000 discouragements / 500,000 encouragements
(Hart B, Risley T. Meaningful differences in the everyday experience of of young american children. Baltimore:Paul H Brookes Publishing: 1995)
Over half of nursery-aged children living in areas of disadvantage have
language delay
(Lock A, Ginsborg J, Peers I, (2002) development and Disadvantage: Implications for early years. International journal of Child Learning and
development 27(1)
Inequality in Early Cognitive Development of British
Children in the 1970 Cohort, 22 months to 10 years
Gang Boss or Brain Surgeon?
 “The best time to
influence the
character of a child is
100 years before they
are born.”
W.R. Inge
Policy Crossroads
Massive public policy consequences as High Risk Children Rise From 10%
to 1 in 4 Over Future Generations
Percentage High Risk
Bruce Perry – Director of the Child Trauma Institute in Houston
Nottingham Early Intervention City –
The Virtuous Circle
Good Parents, Great Kids, Better Citizens
1st Report to HMG
2nd Report to HMG
Recent Developments in Neuroscience…
The aim of Early Intervention is to
build social and emotional bedrock
in every baby, child and young
The Way Forward – All Parties
‘.... convincingly argues the economic, fiscal and moral case for
switching public spending from dealing with the causes of social
failure towards investing in programmes that prevent that failure in
the first place, and provides some practical steps to help
government make this transition.’
Rt Hon David Cameron MP
‘A call for action – the action needed to ensure that every child in
Britain can realise their full potential.’
Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP
‘Early Intervention to reduce the risks of passing disadvantage from
generation to generation is a long-term project. It requires not just
“patient capital” but patient politics – including the commitment of
all parties to realise the vision of an approach where we consistently
help early enough in life to prevent problems in the first place.’
Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP
Early Intervention Foundation
The Early Intervention Foundation
 Key Roles: Assess, Advise and Advocate
Assess and validate evidence-based programmes and practises
in the early intervention field, to establish a rigorous, independent
evidence base for the UK.Be the go-to “What Works”centre for EI
Provide high quality advice and guidance to councils, private
capital, philanthropy and third sector to take Early Intervention
to scale across England. Start with 20 Early Intervention Places.
A strong voice to advocate early intervention,change the Late
Intervention culture,speak up for the localities at the highest
Phase 2 – Use strong evidence and good practise to help evolve a
new market of social investment
The EIF Trustees
 Prof Sir Michael Marmot - Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at
Duncan Selbie - Chief Executive Designate of Public Health England
Honor Rhodes OBE - Director of Projects and Strategic Development at
The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships
Ray Shostak CBE - Former head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in
Jean Gross CBE - Former Communication Champion for HM
Government on children.
Mark Florman - Special advisor finance – former CEO of The British
Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
Irene Curtis – Special advisor policy - Chief Superintendent, President
Elect of Politics Superintendents'’ Association
Martyn Jones - Group Corporate Services Director of Morrison
Supermarkets Plc
Cllr David Simmonds - Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People
Anne Longfield –Chief Executive 4 Children.
Christine Davies CBE – Former Director, C4EO
The EIF Organisation
The EIF became an independent charity on July 4th 2013. It
employs 12 staff and has an annual running costs of £1.1
The staff team includes the Chief Executive Carey Oppenheim,
the Director of Implementation Donna Molloy, the Director of
Evidence Professor Leon Feinstein, early intervention
advisers, and evidence analysts.
Start-up funding is in place for the first two years, during which
we are already building a £20million endowment to meet
most of the EIF running costs in perpetuity.
The EIF Evidence Panel
 Professor Kathy Sylva (University of Oxford)
 Professor David Farrington (University of Cambridge)
 Professor Leon Feinstein (London School of Economics)
 Professor Stephen Scott (Kings College, London)
 Professor Gordon Harold (University of Leicester)
 Professor Anne Phoenix (Thomas Coram Research Unit)
 Professor Bren Neale (University of Leeds)
 Helen Goody, Head of Evidence (C4EO)
Early Intervention Foundation
The Foundation is supported and backed by a
powerful consortium of more than 40
organisations including national children’s
charities, think tanks, research institutions,
philanthropic institutions, private businesses and
Having established the EIF, this group now
constitutes its Advisory Council.
Next steps for Early Intervention
 [email protected]
 020 3542 2481
Early Intervention:
changing the late intervention culture

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