The vision of The Joint Council for Child Issues is that vulnerable children and young people should have the proper help at the proper time. In this connection, we distinguish between the concept prevention and early effort.
Prevention is directed towards the normal area; towards all children and young people – and selected groups with well-known risk factors, e.g. in the shape of work in social council housing, social activities in youth centres, SSP work (collaboration between school, social services and police), antenatal education, dietary advice from the GP, better access to sports, tutoring ”cafés”, etc.
Early Intervention is directed towards the individual child, young person or family. An early intervention indicates that a child or a young person should be helped as early in the course of events as possible. It is relevant and crucial to initiate the effort at the first sign of worry in connection with the need and welfare of the child or young person. The purpose is to prevent the problems from growing and become cost-intensive. Early effort is, for instance, individual support and contact persons, psychological help, homework assistance, mentoring arrangement and placement with a foster family. Early intervention focuses on working in the long term, looking at what you want to achieve instead of what you want to avoid. An early intervention could be comprehensive or less comprehensive, expensive or cheap – the most important thing is that it is there.