Early intervention investment could save councils £7bn, researchers say

Councils in England with above-average rates of looked-after children could save a total of £7bn over the next decade by focusing on early intervention policies that target vulnerable families, according to researchers. The research focuses on the long-term savings that can be achieved through early intervention strategies across four areas, which have a higher than England’s average rate of looked after children, which is 67 per 10,000 children. According to a report looking at the research, called Lives Transformed, Potential Fulfilled, published by care provider Serenity Welfare, in the North East, where the rate is 108 per 10,000 children, as much as £1.5bn can be saved by 2030 through early intervention. Read more.