Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann, who is also the Junior Minister has stated that, following the release of a Criminal Justice Inspectorate report into the positive effects of early intervention that a emphasis must now be palcced on effective cross departmental approach to ensure the best possible delivery for vulnerable young people.
Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann has said,
"The need for a joined up approach by the Executive to deliver programmes such as Early Intervention Programmes for Children, young people and families has once again been highlighted by the recent Criminal Justice Inspectorate Report.
"The Delivering Social Change Framework is the way forward to ensure we see a co-ordinated process throughout all departments which will focus on a reduction in poverty and on improving the health and well being of children and young people and enhance their lifetime opportunities.
"Early Intervention Programmes which concentrate on a wrap around support system for vulnerable families have been shown to impact positively in the childs long term development through into adolescence. This in turn benefits local communities and wider society and also saves money in the longer term.
"There has already been a Delivering Social Change Programme Board established to oversee the delivery of these schemes in a holistic way which will tackle disadvantage and need.
"The Early Intervention Programmes are a key element to this as they will help deliver the outcomes needed. The Executive needs to ensure that Health, Education, Employment and Justice elements are co-ordinated in the way that they need to be if they are to deliver on the Programme for Government commitments to tackle deprivation and need."