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Early intervention: informing local practice

Overall, the evidence reviewed shows that the case for investing in early intervention approaches to improve outcomes for children, young people and families and to bring about cost savings in the longer term is widely accepted and supported. Investing early in the life of a problem, or when children are younger, can have greater benefits in the long term and is therefore likely to be most cost effective. It is the extent of potential cost savings that increasingly needs to be identified and evidenced to enable policy makers and local commissioners to make informed decisions.