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Evaluation of the Essex County Council’s Family Innovation Fund

Thursday 21 December 2017

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Increasing financial pressures on Local Authorities have seen Early Intervention services deprioritised and under-funded. This has left a gap in service for those families who do not qualify for statutory or specialist services but who do need support.

There is now a body of evidence to support the argument that meeting the needs of these children, young people and families at the earliest opportunity will develop the resilience and self-efficacy needed for good outcomes. As a result, there could be a reduction in demand and therefore financial benefit for a range of public services such as Social Care, Education, Health and Police.

The Family Innovation Fund (FIF) was launched in Essex in 2015 and was designed to provide Early Help interventions and support for children, young people and parents/carers with low level additional needs.

OPM Group was commissioned by ECC to evaluate the FIF programme, to provide practice-based evidence for what works in Early Help, and to provide the economic case for further investment.

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