Three local authorities have been awarded £7.6m of government funding to deliver early intervention projects for young children and their families.
Croydon, Essex and Newcastle will use additional funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s £90mTransform Challenge Award to support their work with the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF).
All three LAs are “pioneering places” – 20 local areas that work closely with the EIF to develop innovative practice on early intervention – and have been testing new arrangements for integrating services for children under the age of five as part of the EIF's Getting It Right for Families review.
Croydon Council has been awarded £1.5m to take forward its Best Start initiative which will fund integrated and multi-disciplinary locality teams of health visitors, nursery nurses, family support and specialist workers who will deliver the Healthy Child Programme and targeted family support. They will be aligned with the midwifery service and wrapped around GP clusters so that equality of opportunity is provided for children from conception to aged five and their families.
Newcastle City Council has been awarded £2.8m to redesign the mental health support available to children and their families which will focus on helping infants overcome parental substance abuse.
Essex County Council has been awarded £3.3m to deliver its Early Intervention – Transforming Essex programme, which will identify and support victims of domestic abuse and their children.