What is Early Intervention?
Early Intervention means identifying needs, risks and issues which may escalate into more serious problems, then taking action to provide help for children, young people and families to prevent future problems. We do this by building on people's existing strengths, helping them to achieve good outcomes and ensuring that individuals, families and communities achieve their full potential.
How can Early Intervention help?
Early Intervention can be done in a range of different ways, for example:
One of the important ways we help families through early intervention is by using a simple, effective assessment of children's and families' needs. This helps us to identify the most effective ways to work with children and families to change their lives for the better. This is sometimes called the Common Assessment Framework (or CAF). This assessment is carried out by a professional already working with a child, young person or family. The work that follows that assessment is co-ordinated by Wokingham’s CAF Co-ordinator through our integrated working processes to support Early Intervention.
What services does Early Intervention cover?
Some of the services which are part of Early Intervention are Wokingham Borough Council services in the Early Intervention and Community Support team, such as:
Other Early Intervention services are provided by other Wokingham Borough Council departments, or by other partner organisations in the borough and beyond. These services include:
How we can help
Our Early Intervention Service offers high quality early intervention through targeted and specialist services to children, young people and families with additional and complex needs. We offer these services in conjunction with partner organisations and agencies. All our partners are actively involved in working with us to work with children, young people and families to help them to achieve better outcomes, with a particular focus on children and young people from birth to 19 years old (and up to 25 years where a young person has Special Educational Needs).
Early Intervention blog
Read our Early Intervention blog.
For more information, read our Early Intervention Principles and the Early Intervention Next Steps document, by Graham Allen MP.