Early intervention Early - in children's lives. Early - in the development of any problems facing a family Children's essential social, emotional and life skills are developed when they are babies and young children. Those who have stable, loving, consistent, fun childhoods have a greater chance of developing into healthy teenagers and happier adults, with better job prospects, healthy relationships and improved mental and physical health. We believe that it is crucial to spend time with parents and their young children. To us, it makes more sense to spend £1,500 to support a family with young children for a year - before their problems escalate. The alternative is to to keep on spending " £17 billion per year on addressing damaging problems that affect children and young people such as mental health problems, going into care, dropping out of school, unemployment and youth crime". (Source: Early Intervention Foundation). Graham Allen MP said: A central component of Home-Start’s service is to provide support early, before family problems or pressures evolve into deeper and more challenging forms of family crisis. This early intervention approach enables families to strengthen their own capabilities and gives them a vital source of sustained support. Given the difficult social and economic forces that are currently affecting families across the country, it is my hope that Home-Start will continue to steadfastly support vulnerable families. Professor Tanya Byron said: There are lots of people who might have come to us [Child and Adult Mental Health Services], but who didn’t because they had input from you [Home-Start]. Read more about the impact that Home-Start's work has here.