Dorset PCC To Help Launch An Early Intervention Guide For Police At House of Commons

New guidance is being launched today to help police officers prevent crime and other problems by intervening early to help children and families where things are at risk of going wrong.

Dorset PCC To Help Launch An Early Intervention Guide For Police At House of Commons

The Early Intervention Foundation and College of Policing have launched a practical guide to help frontline police identify children, young people or families needing support and respond effectively.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill will be the guest speaker at tonight’s official launch of ‘The Guide To Early Intervention for frontline Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers’ at the House of Commons. The reception will be attended by the Crime Prevention Minister, Lynne Featherstone.

Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “If we can change the outcomes for 0-5 year olds, we can change a generation. Policing isn’t just about picking up the pieces, it’s about being pro-active as well but the only we can achieve that in today’s complex and varied society is to work in partnership together.”

The new guide offers advice on the warning signs which could indicate a child, young person or family needs help, including poor living conditions, disengagement from school, domestic abuse, or aggressive and confrontational behaviour. The guide has been developed in consultation with police officers, police community support officers, police and crime commissioners and many others up and down the country. It will be first of a series of Early Intervention guides for different professionals including GPs and teachers.

Dealing with young offenders, domestic violence and anti-social behaviour costs public services an estimated £5.2 billion a year - £1.8 billion of which falls to the police -according to analysis by the Early Intervention Foundation. On top of this, a significant proportion of police call outs are related to wider social problems, including mental health and other welfare concerns. Providing the right help at the earliest opportunity can improve the life chances of vulnerable children and young people and steer them away from crime. This can deliver substantial social and economic benefits.

Carey Oppenheim, EIF Chief Executive, said: “Early Intervention needs to be embedded in the work of all frontline professionals, it’s not just something early intervention workers or teams do. The first worker in the door or who makes contact needs to know what to look out for and how to respond.”

“All too often the Police may be the first agency to come into contact with a parent, child or family needing help and it is vital that they are equipped to work alongside health and children’s services, schools and others sharing intelligence and ensuring the right support is given at the earliest opportunity.”


  • Early Intervention: The Guide is the first in a series of guides for frontline professionals.  It includes links to more information, about the evidence base behind early intervention as well as practical examples of how local police officers are working with partners to spot risk factors and offer help to children, young people and families.  
  • The Early Intervention Foundation is a charity and one of the Governments seven ‘What Works Centres’, alongside the College of Policing ‘What Works Centre’ for Crime Reduction. Founded in July 2013 by Graham Allen MP, it promotes greater use of evidence-based Early Intervention that improves the lives of children, prevents future social problems and reduces the costs of failure. Visit
  • Early Intervention tackles social problems that risk long-term harm for children, their families and society. Although the approach can be used at any time of life, Early Intervention services - such as parenting support, youth offending prevention programmes and children and young people’s mental health services - are aimed at 0 to 19-year-olds.

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