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A Stitch In Time: the case for early support

Early Support for children means helping early enough to prevent crises, or stopping problems arising in the first place.

Introducing ‘A Stitch In Time’

Most problems that families and children face do not occur overnight, but emerge gradually:

  • An unemployed young man with no qualifications is likely to have skipped school when he was a child
  • A mother neglecting her home and children may have developed depression after setbacks such as a difficult pregnancy, redundancy, or a relationship breakdown
  • The young woman left homeless after leaving care has had no family to teach her basic life skills, such as budgeting to afford rent

All of these are examples of people with expensive problems that cost our public services billions of pounds each year. Yet each could have been prevented, with much less effort and expenditure, at an earlier stage in the person’s life.

We say it’s time for change

Responsible government must invest in services and support that prevent problems before they start - to improve the lives of children and families and save money for taxpayers in the long run. That is why we are calling for all political parties to make a commitment to shift the emphasis of public services to early support.

Who is working on ‘A Stitch In Time’?

Action for Children, Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, and the NSPCC are asking the Government to focus more on early support to help children, young people and their families.

‘A Stitch In Time’ is also supported by several other organisations.

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