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Early intervention : the next steps : an independent report to Her Majesty’s Government

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Early Intervention: The Next Steps Early Intervention: The Next Steps An Independent Report to Her Majesty’s Government Graham Allen MP January 2011 Early Intervention: The Next Steps An Independent Report to Her Majesty’s Government Graham Allen MP January 2011 Acknowledgement The images on the front cover illustrate the negative impact of neglect on the developing brain. The CT scan on the left is from a healthy 3-year-old child with an average head size (50th percentile). The image on the right is from a series of three 3-year-old children following severe sensory-deprivation neglect in early childhood. The child’s brain is significantly smaller than average and has abnormal development of cortex (cortical atrophy) and other abnormalities suggesting abnormal development of the brain. � From studies conducted by researchers from the Child Trauma Academy (www.childtrauma.org) led by Bruce D Perry, MD, PhD. � Perry BD (2002) Childhood experience and the expression of genetic potential: what childhood neglect tells us about nature and nurture. Brain and Mind, 3: 79–100. � iii Contents Letter to the Prime Minister v � The core message on Early Intervention vii � Foreword ix � Executive summary xiii � Full list of recommendations xvii � Part 1: Introduction 1 � Chapter 1 Early Intervention: providing the social and emotional bedrock for all children 3 � Chapter 2 Using our brains 13 � Chapter 3 Early Intervention: good for people 23 � Chapter 4 Early Intervention: good for the economy 31 � Part 2: The Way Forward 41 � Chapter 5 Moving on 45 � Chapter 6 The programmes: a new methodology, robust evidence and backing what works 67 � Chapter 7 The Places: pioneers for a new way 83 � Chapter 8 The Early Intervention Foundation: bringing programmes and resources to places 99 � Chapter 9 Making it happen: strong leadership across the parties 109 � Chapter 10 Financing Early Intervention 113 � Annexes

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