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Lancashire rewarded for the way it helps vulnerable people
5:43pm Friday 9th August 2013 in News
LANCASHIRE has been named a ‘pioneering place’ for helping vulnerable residents get help at the earliest opportunity.
The county is one of just 20 areas in the country to be given the title by the Early Intervention Foundation.
It means the region will get more expert support to offer intervention to those in need as early as possible.
Police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw said he was delighted the Early Intervention Foundation had acknowledged the good practice already going on across Lancashire by awarding the status.
He said: "Early Intervention work is vital to minimise the harm being done to our communities, prevent vulnerable people reaching crisis point and ensure public services are delivered effectively to the benefit of every single one of the county's residents.
“It is excellent news for the county's residents that our bid was successful against such fierce competition.
“I am looking forward to working closely with both the foundation and our partners to establish what Early Intervention means for Lancashire, how we can share the excellent practices which have already been established and how new ways of working can be developed to achieve even better results.”
The Early Intervention Foundation will offer support in the form of advice from expert practitioners and academics.
The idea is that the 20 places will provide real-life examples of early intervention in action and will be able to share success stories.
Donna Molloy, director of implementation at The Early Intervention Foundation, said: “While most of us would agree early intervention is worth doing, practical advice and evidence about how to make this a reality is in short supply.
“The 20 places announced yesterday are already early intervention pioneers in many ways, but want to go much further.
“The Early Intervention Foundation team are really looking forward to working with them to develop understanding about how to put Early Intervention into practice and which programmes, services and systems work best to support this.”
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