A Better Start Southend responds to the cost of late intervention  

The cost of picking up the pieces from social problems affecting children, young people and families, such as domestic violence, abuse, neglect and unemployment, is almost £17 billion a year, new research from the Early Intervention Foundation shows.

The report, released this month (17 November), breaks down the cost of late intervention and calculates, for the first time, the value per head, equivalent to £287 per person in England and Wales. While the headline figure remains similar to 2015, the analysis shows a worrying rise in the cost of domestic violence, which has increased to £5.2 billion from £4 billion due to a six per cent increase in reported cases.

Responding to the findings, A Better Start Southend’s Programme Director, Alison Clare says:

“Breaking down the cost of late intervention is useful to help us understand the value of prevention.  But looking beyond the finances, it’s the human cost to families, and children in particular, that is really important. Every pound spent on intervention represents a missed opportunity to support a child earlier and stop these problems emerging in the first place.

“It’s concerning to see the rise in domestic abuse, particularly given everything that we know about the devastating impact family violence has on children. I hope these statistics help agencies prioritise early intervention.”

Article published November 2016