This concise guide is designed to aid engagement by local areas by providing a simplified summary of the Age of Opportunity (AoO) report and its findings.
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Prevention in Practice
WAVE Trust has been working in partnership with the Department of Health (DH) in order to identify the conditions required for successful implementation of a preventive and integrated approach to early child development and disadvantage. We are also developing an understanding of the barriers facing local areas in implementing this shift.
The centrepiece of this work is the joint DfE/WAVE Trust report Conception to age 2 – the age of opportunity. DH is supporting the implementation of this report by local areas. The report recommends the actions which should be taken by local areas to ensure the best possible start in life.
This section of the website contains several individual and specifically focused reports and examples of local best practice, to support local areas in:
- adopting the recommendations from Conception to age 2
- increasing investment and focus on primary prevention
- improving individual outcomes for children, starting at the very earliest opportunity
The study that resulted in the Age of Opportunity (AoO) report included a strong recommendation that local areas fully implement the Healthy Child Programme (HCP), which we found to be patchily followed in many areas. Age of Opportunity also added a number of important recommendations on aspects missing from HCP. We provide a table aligning the two sets of recommendations and a report drawing conclusions from this comparison of the two bodies of work.
With input from senior staff in local areas, and experts in early years, this report identifies the main barriers hindering a shift to a preventive and integrated approach to early child development and suggests the key actions to overcome these.
A guide to implementing best preventive and integrative practice in children’s health and wellbeing from conception to age 2.