The Hands Up For Children Campaign calls for €90m investment in Early Intervention

Call for major €90m investment in Prevention and Early Intervention

Network calls for much greater focus on prevention in child and family services

Organisations delivering prevention and early intervention services to children and families have called for a major €90m investment in the sector in 2017.

In a Pre-budget Submission, the Prevention and Early Intervention Network (PEIN) also called for a significant re-organisation of child and family services towards preventative approaches which are evidence based.

Current state funding of prevention and early intervention programmes – which provide additional parenting, education and health supports in communities of greatest need – is €5m per annum and PEIN called for this to be significantly increased by 300% to €20m.

PEIN’s submission also called for a major investment in preventative social and health services for children and families including: universal access to parenting programmes during pregnancy and throughout childhood, creation of a Child and Family Public Health Nursing service (€6m), recruiting of 100 additional community midwives (€4.2m), increasing the budget of Tusla by 5% (€33.8m) for prevention and early intervention services – and the recruitment of an additional 100 Speech and Language Therapists (€5.5m).

PEIN Chair Marian Quinn said there is very strong evidence on the highly positive impact of investment in children’s early development and parenting supports in communities of greatest need – and a long term perspective is needed from Government.

“Since 2007 we have developed a weight of evidence from programmes and services that have been designed and evaluated in Ireland. We have a suite approaches ready to be delivered which we know will break inter-generational cycles and deliver better outcomes.”

The Network welcomed strong commitments in the Programme for a Partnership Government to invest in preventative approaches, including to establish a dedicated Prevention and Early Intervention Unit.

“The Government has an opportunity in this Budget to establish the Unit which would provide a centrepoint to plan, track and proof policy to ensure that there is a systems change towards prevention. We recommend a budget of €20m to establish the Unit and resource it to drive transformation across social, health, education and justice services,” Ms Quinn said.

Ms. Quinn said that while significant investment is being called for, it makes very strong economic sense: “Research in Ireland has suggested that every €1 invested in prevention and early intervention saves the State €4 in the long term (research in Ballymun). The National Economic and Social Forum has stated a return on investment of 1:4-7 in Ireland. International evidence has rated this return to be £9 for every £1 invested (UK) and even up $18 for every $1 (USA).

“Investing in prevention and early intervention will ultimately save the State in terms of economic and social cost”, she said.

PEIN also welcomed that Prevention and Early Intervention is a central component in the current development of 10 Year Health Strategy which is being Chaired by Deputy Roisín Shorthall.

Further Information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731 / ronan@cavanaghcommunications.ie.

For the full pre-budget submission call, or email Ronan Cavanagh.

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ISPCC Galway hosts a Hands Up For Children Campaign event - December 4th

The ISPCC's Galway Advocacy Volunteer Team is hosting one of many Hands Up for Children Campaign Events around the country. An invitation has been extended to Galway West and Galway East Candidates running in next year's General Election to discuss their policies on investing in prevention and early intervention services for children.

Their guest speakers below will set the context for the campaign and highlight the need to include the campaign asks and thriving principles in the next programme for Government.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to put questions to their candidates in relation to the above.

Chair: Mr Ollie Turner Galway Bay FM

Opening Address: Speaker to be announced

Keynote Speaker: Professor Caroline McGregor NUI Galway Senior Research Fellow UCFRC/Director of Social Work

Prevention and Early Intervention: Reflections on the Past to Inform Future Legacy

Ms Aoife Griffin - Regional Services Manager - ISPCC

Mr Andrew Jackson - Prevention and Early Intervention Network

Discussion with candidates and attendees on investing in prevention and early intervention services for children

To register your attendance, please click here

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Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership - Family Matters ABC Programme - Campaign Event

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We are delighted that Ballyfermot/ Chapelizod Partnership are hosting a local event on November 18th, 10.30 - 12pm in the Ballyfermot Civic Centre.

This will be an important platform for local practitioners to meet with and discuss the campaign asks with our local TD’s.

RSVP

Family Matters Coordinator

blaverty@ballyfermotpartnership.ie

01 6238088

We are delighted that the Ballyfermot Chapeli

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The Genesis Programme - Hands Up For Children November 6th

SAVE THE DATE

Friday 6th November 2015

at 12.30pm

As part of the Hands Up for Children campaign,

The Genesis Programme invites you to join us for a

Discussion and Debate on

The Importance of

Prevention and Early Intervention

Taking part will be local public representatives, including TDs, Senators and Councillors as well as forthcoming General Election candidates

This is one in a series of local events supporting the Hands up for Children campaign being held throughout the country over the coming months

Date: Friday 6th November 2015

Refreshments served from 12.30pm

Discussion and debate will commence at 1pm

Venue: Holy Family Community Centre, Ballsgrove, Drogheda

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Hands Up for Children is a campaign which believes that smart investment in children is the best way to secure Ireland’s future. 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.

The Hands Up for Children campaign is an initiative of the Prevention and Early Intervention Network (www.preventioninpractice.ie) which currently has almost thirty membership organisations.

The campaign is calling for an increased investment in prevention and early intervention for children and families, and a commitment to gradually realigning resources from crisis driven interventions to preventative ones.

Check out: www.handsupforchildren.ie

Follow us on Twitter: @handup4children
#handsup4children

Like us on Facebook here:

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About The Genesis Programme

The Genesis Programme is a consortium of almost fifty Partner Organisations that is delivering the Incredible Years suite of programmes and other evidence-informed interventions to children, families and communities in Dundalk and Drogheda as part of the Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme.

The ABC Programme aims to break the cycle of poverty within areas where it is most deeply entrenched by targeting investment in evidence-informed interventions to improve the long-term outcomes for children and families.&

The ABC Programme is co-funded by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and Atlantic Philanthropies. It is managed by the Centre for Effective Services (CES) and Pobal.uth Affairs and the Atlantic

Check out: www.genesislouth.ie

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5 Campaign Asks

As well as our campaign document, "5 Thriving Childhood Principles", we have developed a shorter document - 5 Campaign Asks of the next government. These asks are more specific than the 5 Principles and attempt to translate them into core, doable actions for the next government.

1. Universal access to family support programmes

  • Ensure that every parent in the country has access to a proven parenting programme as well as good quality and consistent information, advice and supports in their area, throughout childhood.
  • Redeploy, recruit and support 600 “child and family” Public Health Nurses dedicated to child health to work within HSE Primary Care teams, providing antenatal and early year's preventative child health and family supports (at a cost of €17m per annum).

2. Build on and develop prevention and early intervention practice (€20 million extra in 2016).

  • Commit to sustaining and growing the prevention and early intervention practice, learning and experience developed across Ireland to date.
  • Increase investment in Prevention and Early Intervention Programmes to €20 million a year, taking account of the withdrawal of philanthropic funding (Currently the annual government investment in the Area Based Childhood Programme is €5 million a year).

3. Increase the budget of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency by 10% (€63.5 million extra in 2016)

  • Tusla is currently operating at a deficit and requires a 5% (€31.75m) increase in funding to provide the absolute minimum level of services needed to fulfil its functions.
  • To help Tusla fulfil its statutory responsibility to provide preventative supports to children and families a further 5% (€31.75m) is needed.

4. Bring investment in early years care and education services up to OECD average:

  • Over the lifetime of the next Government incrementally increase the spend on high quality early care and education services from the current level of less than 0.2 % of GDP to match the OECD average of 0.8% in order to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of early years provision for all children.

5. Support Systems change towards Prevention and Early Intervention (€20 million extra in 2016)

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform should introduce and oversee the following:

  • A requirement that all Government Departments agree a template for reorienting their planning and budgeting to incorporate prevention and early intervention approaches and report on this annually.
  • The set up of a “transformation fund” of €20 million to incentivise Government Departments to integrate a prevention and early intervention focus to act as a catalyst for change in decision making and resource allocation processes. (E.g. workforce development, capacity building and effective service implementation and review).

Download the 5 Campaign Asks

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The value and importance of a Prevention and Early Intervention approach over a crisis driven reactive response.

Packed House as Noel Kelly opens the event.

The campaign were delighted to host a discussion around the importance of Prevention and Early Intervention on September 17th in Buswell's Hotel.

There was full attendance for the talk that was chaired by Noel Kelly from Preparing For Life, Northside Partnership. Noel is alao a member of Prevention and Early Intervention Network.

Professor Marjorie Smith spoke about the importance of supporting children in their early years, the critical elements of effected interventions and the cost benefits.

Professor Smith from the Institute of Education, University College London is an expert in early years development and the cost benefits of intervening effectively during this critical period, she has been centrally involved in advising on much of the research undertaken in Ireland in relation to children and families over the last number of years.

Caroline Norris, Dublin Simon Community, gave a moving talk about the real issues surrounding homelessness in Ireland and the impact it is having on families. She spoke about the work homeless agencies are doing in preventing families from losing their homes and the interventions that can be employed to sustain a tenancy for families.

We were delighted to have politicians, frontline workers, academics and members of the public in the audience.

We look forward to hosting more events to encourage discussion around the importance in investing in children in a targeted evidence based manner.

Professor Marjorie Smith's presentation can be accessed here .

Caroline Norris's presentation can be accessed here.

Caroline Norris-Dublin Simon, Professor Marjorie Smith - University College London, Noel Kelly - prevention and Early Intervention Network

Caroline Norris- Dublin Simon Community

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Breakfast discussion on the Importance of Prevention and Early Intervention - October 6th - 8am National College of Ireland

As part of the Hands Up for Children campaign, the Early Learning Initiative,

National College of Ireland Invites you to join us for a

Breakfast Discussion on the Importance of Prevention and Early Intervention

Chaired by Dr Phillip Matthews, President of NCI

Taking part will be local public representatives, including Kevin Humphreys, Minister for Employment, Community and Social Support; Paschal Donohue TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport; and Maureen O’Sullivan, Independent TD along with the Hands up for Children spokesperson, Marian Quinn

Date: Tuesday 6th October

Refreshments served at 7.45am

Discussion will begin at 8am promptly.

Venue: Kelly Theatre, National College of Ireland

RSVP: Roisin Dunne
Email: roisin.dunne@ncirl.ie
Tel: 01 4498 757

RSVP by Monday 28th September 2015

Hands Up for Children is a new campaign which believes that smart investment in children is the best way to secure Ireland’s future. 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.

"Hands Up for Children" campaign is an initiative of the Prevention and Early Intervention Network (www.preventioninpractice.ie) which currently has almost thirty membership organisations.

The campaign is calling for an increased investment in prevention and early intervention for children and families, and a commitment to gradually realigning resources from crisis driven interventions to preventative ones.

Follow us on Twitter: @handup4children
#handsup4children

About the Early Learning Initiative at National College of Ireland

The Early Learning Initiative (ELI) at National College of Ireland supports families, communities and schools in the college’s local area, the Dublin Docklands, to support the education of children from birth onwards. Without this early intervention, generations of children’s life chances will have been determined before their first day at school. Through literacy, numeracy and home visiting programmes, the Early Learning Initiative is helping to create a high-achieving, cohesive Docklands community.

Check out: www.ncirl.ie/ELI;

Follow them on Twitter: @ELI_Docklands and @NCIRL

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Save The Date - September 17th - Seminar with Professor Marjorie Smith

"Why we need to ensure that all children have good early years experiences – and what happens if they don’t"

The Hands Up For Children Campaign are hostng a seminar on the above topic in Buswells Hotel at 4pm on Thursday Sept. 17th. Professor Marjorie Smith (Institute of Eucation, University College London) will present and other speakers will be confirmed shortly.

Venue: Georgian Suite, Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.

Date: Thursday, September 17th, 4.00 pm

Time: 4pm

This is a free event, but places are limited so please reserver your place early. To book your ticket, please book here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/why-we-need-to-ensure-that-all-children-have-good-early-years-experiences-and-what-happens-if-they-tickets-18497718173

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Can you help us spread the word ?

We are looking for all our supporters to join us is a thunderclap on September 24th., to get our message heard in one tumultuous roar.

We need your voice to get our message heard, and we are asking people to sign up here to a Thunderclap. Thunderclap allows a one off short message to be posted simultaneously and automatically by all supporters to their friends and followers on social media.

We can get our message heards by tens of thousands of people with one small action from people who believe that the government must prioritise children.

Please sign up today and show you are willing to put your Hands Up For Children.

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Do you want to host a campaign event in your locality?

Attendees at a previous Hands Up Panel Discussion

The Hands Up for Children campaign is trying to create more political engagement at a local level. We are inviting our partner organisations and supporters to host a campaign discussion event in your area in the autumn to bring our campaign concerns to your local political representatives and election candidates.

The Hands Up for Children campaign will provide a pack containing materials, and will endeavour where possible, to send a representative (although this may not always be feasible)

It will be up to you to organise the event – venue, speakers, attendees etc., however we will provide as much support as we can.

What will be provided?

Campaign Pack

A campaign pack will be provided for you. It will contain the following:

 Power Point Presentation on the campaign – core messages, asks and parties involved

 Introductory video from Marian Quinn, Campaign Chairperson – talking through the who/what/where/when/why of the campaign.

 Hard copies of the core campaign documents

 Hard copies of campaign flyers

 Soft/ printable copies of the supporter sign up forms

 General press release which can be adapted for each area

 Some branded props/ materials (TBC)

 Guidelines for representing the Hands Up for Children campaign (to media etc)

 One member from working group will try and attend time permitting

What Now?

For the moment, we are just looking for expressions of interest from organisations/ bodies that might be interested in inviting their local representatives/ party candidates, together with interested individuals, to discuss the issues contained in the Hands up For Children campaign document. So if you are interested or have any queries, please get in touch with Winnie Donoghue– winnie@pein.ie / 01-4160525

Timelines

Get in touch now if you are interested in hosting an event in September/ October, or would like to find out more!

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