Below are examples of people with expensive problems that cost our public services billions of pounds each year. Yet each could have been prevented, with much less effort and expenditure, at an earlier stage in the person’s life.
The unemployed young man with no qualifications is likely to have skipped school when he was a child
The mother neglecting her home and children may have developed depression after setbacks such as a difficult pregnancy, redundancy, or a relationship breakdown
The young woman left homeless after leaving care has had no family to teach her basic life skills, such as budgeting to afford rent
We say it’s time for change.
Responsible government must invest in services and support that prevent problems before they start — to improve the lives of children and families and save money for taxpayers in the long run. That is why we are calling for all political parties to make a commitment to shift the emphasis of public services to early support.
Who is working on 'A stitch in time'?
Action for Children, Barnardo's, The Children’s Society, and NSPCC are asking the Government to focus more in early support to help children, young people and their families.