For the last 14 years I have been working with professionals within the social care field where there is a majority opinion that funding given in early support services would make savings later on and make a more dramatic difference to children’s lives.
Investment in the health of pregnant women leads to healthy children.
Support for young, inexperienced mother’s lead towards more educated, healthy happy children.
Guidance and support in youth services leads to less in the juvenile correction system and so on.
Yet for so long services seem to be funded in a catch up manner, fighting the fires when the fire is at full blaze.
So this is why I am getting behind a campaign being run by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, and NSPCC called “A Stitch in time”
We say it’s time for change.
Responsible government must invest in services and support that prevent problems before they start — to improve the lives of children and families and save money for taxpayers in the long run. That is why we are calling for all political parties to make a commitment to shift the emphasis of public services to early support.
We want the next Government to focus more on early support
to help children, young people and their families.
More stability into children and family
services – five year spending plans
Making five year funding commitments — from one election to the next — would allow the Government, local councils, and other service providers to make longer-term plans. Most importantly, children could stick with the same support staff as they grow old.
Help your local £ work – promote
Community Budgets allow providers of services to pool their budgets. This reduces waste and makes it easier to work together
to help children. It’s a relatively new way of working, so the Government needs to support its development and promotion.
Show us what’s
happening – more accountability
With spending moved towards early support, we would like to see annual progress reports. Parliament should be involved in scrutiny through the Public Accounts Committee.
Acting early to avoid crisis – shift public money towards early intervention
There is so much evidence that acting early avoids expensive crises that it only
makes sense to invest a bigger slice of our public money.
Our support services are struggling and many are reaching breaking point, people are not getting enough support, getting support to late or simply getting none.
Investment is needed in early support and intervention and it is needed now.
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