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Early intervention in the round: a great idea but . . .

Pithouse, Andrew Joseph 2007. Early intervention in the round: a great idea but . . . British Journal of Social Work 38 (8) , pp. 1536-1552. 10.1093/bjsw/bcm068

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Policy makers at local, devolved and central government levels in the UK are much involved in the expansion of early intervention for children in both specialist targeted and mainstream services. They place much faith and anticipation in the notion of engaging early in the needs of children and young people and while this paper endorses the ambitions of early intervention, it asks how well placed are those sentiments that assume a relatively uncomplicated and positive role for such an approach. The paper addresses some key conceptual and practical features of early intervention services and explores a number of challenging themes that are likely to impede effective delivery. The themes are broadly outlined in order to include a number of critical perspectives that bear upon policy, practice and research in this field and which, together, summarize a contested realm in which global, cultural, organizational, resource, systemic and evaluative issues will in large part inform the design of early intervention and our understanding of its intended benefits. The paper concludes with commentary on the broad state of play in what we know about early intervention and identifies some key areas for future research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: children’s services; early intervention; risk; protection; prevention; evidence-based interventions; system thinking
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0045-3102
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:17

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