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Early Intervention and Prevention with Children and Families

Getting the Most from Team around the Family Systems

National definitions of early intervention and prevention continue to emerge and to demonstrate subtle differences of focus and emphasis, as illustrated by the two examples below:

“Intervening early and as soon as possible to tackle problems emerging for children, young people and their families or with a population most at risk of developing problems”’
Centre for Excellence and Outcomes (2010)

“The general approaches, and the specific policies and programmes, which help to give children aged 0–3 the social and emotional bedrock they need to reach their full potential; and to those which help older children become the good parents of tomorrow”’
Graham Allen (2011)

In practice, the agenda for early intervention and prevention (EIP) with families includes a range of perspectives.