Tackling root causes before they become a problem.
Evidence shows the best way of preventing crime and having a positive impact on community well-being, quality of life and safety is to stop problems arising in the first place. It is important to intervene early to help those who have started experiencing problems, supporting them to address the issues they face.
Analysis by the Early Intervention Foundation has found that dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour costs public services is an estimated 5.2 billion per year; 1.8 billion of this falls to the police. Locally this equates to £319 million across Staffordshire. This can be broken down into £237 million/£274 per person in Staffordshire and £82 million/£328 person in Stoke-on-Trent being spent on the cost of late intervention
Early Intervention is therefore a vital part of our work and when successful can impact positively on individuals, families and communities alike as well as the other priorities within our strategy.
There are a number of factors which leave people more vulnerable to / at risk of becoming involved in crime or anti-social behaviour such as truancy, poor employment opportunities, aspirations and opportunities, poverty, family breakdown, substance misuse, mental health issues etc. So, it makes sense to focus on providing help early, addressing the root causes of crime.
As such our Early Intervention Plan seeks to:
Embed the principles of early intervention and shift the focus of investment from acute to early help services
Improve the quality, consistency and coordination of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
Expand the work undertaken to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Extend the availability of diversionary / positive activities and opportunities for young people