Early intervention: decision-making in local authority Children’s Services

We commissioned the SCIE to undertake a study exploring local authority decision making in regards to early intervention.

The research found that local authorities are finding it difficult to work towards long-term visions. While meeting day-to-day needs, that strategic plans for children’s services typically cover 3-5 year periods yet delivery contracts have to be managed on a much shorter-term basis and the potential to deliver long-term benefits, are limited by short-term funding cycles and national initiatives.

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