Early Intervention and Prevention Services for Children, Young People and Families
A new early intervention and prevention service has been launched by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council for the benefit of children, young people and their families, thanks to Families First funding from the Welsh Government.
The new service is designed to build the resilience of children, young people and their families so they are better equipped to cope with their circumstances. The focus of the service is to provide support at an early stage and aims to prevent an escalation thereby reducing the need for children and young people to access provision at higher tiers within Social Services.
The programme involves counselling, therapy, youth work, family mediation, specialist support services for children with challenging and risky behaviour, and a young carer’s service for those children who have caring responsibilities.
The contract, worth £1.2m, to deliver the service was awarded to WREC, who is leading a partnership with Relate and the Carers Trust.
“In its first full year of operation, Neath Port Talbot’s ‘Think Family’ early intervention and prevention (EIP) programme supported almost 100 families to make positive changes and tackle issues before they became critical. Based on Government estimates that one troubled family can cost the taxpayer in the region of £75,000 per year, this represents a return on investment of £3.32 for every £1 spent and more than £7.3 million savings to the economy.”
Nick Jarman, Director for Social Services,
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council