Turning Point Responds to Graham Allen’s Report on Early Intervention

News item posted: 19 June 2017

In response to Graham Allen's report on early intervention, published today, Turning Point's Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale said;

"Graham Allen's review makes some pertinent suggestions into how best to tackle social challenges and make long term savings in the process.  However, there have been a number of reviews similar to this and now it is important for political leadership to be applied to early intervention - something which we all know works. 

"Young people have a tendency to follow in their parents footsteps.  In our most deprived communities, there are many families who are stuck in a never-ending cycle of intergenerational worklessness, poor mental health and drug and alcohol misuse.  It is therefore imperative that we take action at the earliest possible stage, in order to avoid leaving these families languishing on benefits for years to come.

"Turning Point has long been arguing that parents themselves should be prioritised into treatment, and that interventions should be given to address the needs of the whole family. Our SUFSS service is an example of how this can work in practice.  The service successfully brings substance misusing parents and their children together in order to stabilise substance misuse and domestic functioning, improve parenting skills and ultimately prevent children from being taken into care and avoid the associated costs.

"Early intervention services such as these are vital to society and we support the proposal to increase funding for them by 1% each year.  It is true that we are living in difficult economic times but if we fail to act now, our children are likely to suffer disproportionately."