Who are Early Intervention Lisburn and what do they do?

Early Intervention Lisburn Partnership is led by the Resurgam Development Trust and includes representatives from statutory and voluntary agencies. It’s focus is to improve the opportunities for children and families within the communities of Old Warren, Hilden, Hillhall, Tonagh, Knockmore and Lagan Valley.

In 2012 with funding provided by the Public Health Agency, the Resurgam Development Trust commissioned Barnardos NI to carry out a research report to explore the possibility of an early intervention initiative to break the cycle of under-achievement amongst children and young people in disadvantaged communities in Lisburn.

‘The Best for Every Child’ Report 2012

 

The research report ‘The Best for Every Child’ 2012 (PDF), involved extensive consultations with a wide range of community organisations, schools and professional agencies working in Lisburn. It highlighted the needs of the target areas; the desired outcomes for children and young people and the evidence for taking an early intervention approach.

The evidence of the research demonstrates increasing social problems and poor outcomes for children which despite the best efforts of organisations remain unaddressed.  The most striking message from the report is that early intervention clearly works. When it is an appropriate intervention, applied well, following timely identification of a problem; and mobilised as early as possible maximum impact and long term sustainability can be achieved.

One great merit of an Early Intervention is that it can help so many families under stress to fulfil their mission of giving children a secure and loving space in which to grow.

If you have any comments or queries please feel free to contact Mabel Scullion Early Intervention Programme Manager on email mabel.scullion@barnardos.org.uk

 

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