County is pioneering for early intervention

Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire Clive Grunshaw
Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire Clive Grunshaw
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Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is celebrating after the county was named a “Pioneering Place” when it comes to ensuring Lancashire’s vulnerable residents get help at the earliest opportunity.

The Early Intervention Foundation has revealed its first Early Intervention “Pioneering Places” - and Clive Grunshaw is one of only two Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to secure the status for their area.

Nationally, just 20 areas have been successful.

Early Intervention is where help, support and intervention is offered to residents in need at the earliest possible opportunity, when problems first appear, rather than only being delivered when they reach crisis point. It focuses on offering preventive help as oppose to support that is just reactive, with the aim of having a greater positive impact on people’s lives.

This status means Lancashire will get expert support from the Early Intervention Foundation to do this.

The Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “Early Intervention work is vital to minimise the harm being done to our communities, prevent vulnerable people reaching crisis point and ensure public services are delivered effectively to the benefit of every single one of the county’s residents.

“I recognised the importance of this work in my Police and Crime Plan, and I am delighted the Early Intervention Foundation has acknowledged the good practice already going on across Lancashire in awarding us this status.

“It is excellent news for the county’s residents that our bid was successful against such fierce competition.

“I am looking forward to working closely with both the Foundation and our partners to establish what Early Intervention means for Lancashire, how we can share the excellent practices which have already been established and how new ways of working can be developed to achieve even better results for Lancashire.”

The Foundation will offer support in the form of advice from expert practitioners and academics, who will give valuable support to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s plan to develop an over-arching strategy for Lancashire.

“The idea is that the 20 places will provide real-life examples of Early Intervention in action, and will be able to share success stories.

Assistant PCC Amanda Webster said: “This is an exciting and important initiative for our county.”