Early Action is a 5 year project in West Norwich in which MAP will be working with young people and practitioners across the community and in three schools in the area – City Academy, Notre Dame and CNS. We plan to achieve improved outcomes for young people’s social and emotional wellbeing, reduced number of young people becoming NEET, changes in service delivery, and funding moved from acute services to early action. ‘Supported by the Early Action Neighbourhood Fund, with joint funds from Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation’ www.earlyactionfund.org
The purpose of the Early Action Network is to collaborate with local professionals and volunteers from all sectors that work with young people. By bringing practitioners together shared learning can happen. The EAN will encourage professionals to join our shared vision of early intervention and support us in making long term change for young people and the services that work with them.
If young people receive the right support at the earliest moment to maximise their social and emotional wellbeing, they will have better attainment and won’t become NEET or need to access acute services later. Acute settings would then require fewer resources, freeing up investment for early action services. We aim to promote changes in funding and changes in service delivery. We want this programme to have national significance in addition to making changes locally.
Benefits of joining the Network
The Early Action Network will engage a wide, diverse range of practitioners. These include teachers, youth workers, mental health professionals, community leaders, the police, social workers, volunteers and anyone else that comes into contact with young people. The EAN will engage, train and upskill practitioners to support young people with their emotional and social wellbeing. The Network offers…
- Regular networking events where people can discuss their practice and experiences, as well as communicate and support one another. Joined up working is a key value of the early intervention model.
- We will train and upskill staff around a number of areas connected to mental health, emotional and social wellbeing. These may include self harm, Mental Health First Aid, eating disorders and anything the members of the network identify as a CPD need.
- The network will advocate and champion the early intervention model to local and national stakeholders and decision makers. We hope you will join us within your own role and profession – working together is how we make the change possible!
- Regular updates and resources accessible through a newsletter, website and a social media groups for members.