Hands Up for Children is about five simple, powerful principles that we want election candidates to adopt to ensure that Prevention and Early Intervention is a core commitment in party election manifestos, and is included as a priority in the new programme for government.

We want to see a move away from crisis driven responses to children and families in need, towards preventative ones. This would include accessible, high quality universal services as well as timely targeted supports for those that need them. It is a critical issue because children’s equality of opportunity can be permanently undermined if they begin their lives at a disadvantage in terms of physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being.

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