In Depth

Early Help: Special Report

Amid rising knife crime, youth homelessness and care referrals, the case for spending on early help has never been so important, yet investment in prevention services has been falling, fuelling late interventions.

Early help - Children's Workforce Qualifications and Training Guide

Funding for the Troubled Families programme, which aims to tackle the needs of a whole family, addressing problems such as domestic abuse and debt, is due to end in March 2020. In an Association of Directors of Children's Services survey, 88 per cent of authorities...

Two-year-old offer: more funding and greater awareness is crucial

Five years after the introduction of 15 hours of government-funded childcare for the 40 per cent most deprived families, take-up has started to fall. Childcare experts explain what can be done to reinvigorate the market.

Early years - Children's Workforce Qualifications and Training Guide

The early years sector faces ongoing challenges recruiting and retaining staff, driven by poor pay and poor career progression.

Early Help: Policy context

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) defines early intervention as identifying and providing early support to children and young people who are at risk of poor outcomes - such as mental health problems - poor academic attainment, or involvement in crime or antisocial...