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Children's Charities in CrisisEarly Intervention and the State$
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Alison Body

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447346432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447346432.001.0001

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The policy and service delivery field of early intervention services

The policy and service delivery field of early intervention services

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(p.63) 3 The policy and service delivery field of early intervention services
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Children's Charities in Crisis
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Alison Body

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447346432.003.0004

In chapter 3, we provide a contemporary policy overview – covering the past decade from 2008-2018 – and how that has translated into practice. We outline the realities of early intervention policy and begin to look at the lived experience of delivering services on the frontline. What is evident is that practice in children’s social care and early intervention is struggling to keep up with the demands and the diversity of demands placed upon services. Voluntary sector and statutory services are facing increasing cuts as thresholds for defining a ‘child in need’ increasingly shift up. Children’s outcomes and the services available to them are widely varied depending on the type of support they require and where they live.

Keywords:   Working Together, Statutory Duties, Child in Need, Early Help, Preventative Practice, Social Care

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