Early intervention: where now for local authorities

Early intervention: where now for local authoritiesThis briefing paper is based on findings from a study carried out by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), which explored local authority decision making with regards to early intervention.

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The paper concludes that Local Authorities have greater autonomy than in recent times, but the localism agenda remains unfinished. While authorities continue to be hampered by short-term funding and conflicting policy initiatives they are unable to implement their own long-term plans. They must be able to work with their local partners to re-design services based on their local needs, to intervene early and achieve sustained and positive outcomes for their communities.