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The Prevention & Early Intervention Network is a network of evidence-based practice, advocacy and research organisations across the Republic of Ireland that share a commitment to improving outcomes for children, young people, and their communities. The network, which is funded through the Atlantic Philanthropies Disadvantaged Children and Youth Programme, first met in 2010. Membership is open to programmes in receipt of funding from Atlantic Philanthropies.

Current members:


Family Matters Initiative - Ballyfermot/ Chapelizod Partnership


Blue Skies  Initiative

Better Finglas

SPECS - Bray Area Partnership

Centre for Effective Services

Child and Family research Centre, NUIG

Childhood Development Initiative (CDI)

Children’s Rights Alliance

Dublin Docklands and East Inner City Programme




Grangegorman ABC Programme


Irish Penal Reform Trust

Irish Youth Foundation



Longford and Westmeath Parenting Programme 

National Women’s Council of Ireland (Y-factor)

Nurture Programme - Katherine Howard Foundation

Paul Partnership

Parenting NI (Odyssey)

Preparing for Life, Northside Partnership


Rialto Youth (Rialto Learning Community)

South Dublin County Partnership


The Genesis Programme - Louth Lead Partnership


Young Knocknaheeny


The Prevention & Early Intervention Network is committed to working towards a society where

  • the role of evidence-based/informed prevention and early intervention in working for better outcomes for children and young people and is understood nationally and locally
  • the central importance of the rights of the child are recognised legally, in government policy and amongst the public at large,
  • a funding stream for evidence-based/informed prevention and early intervention is central to the implementation of government policy


Ireland has been at the forefront of supporting Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) initiatives through partnership approaches between The Atlantic Philanthropies, NGOs and Government since 2004.   The Atlantic Philanthropies has invested €96 million to promote PEI in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, through the demonstration of effective practice, dissemination and network building and developing capacity and infrastructure. A further €30m investment has been promised via the Area Based Approach to Childhood Programme in 2014, which will enable 13 areas around the country to implement prevention and early intervention programmes.

Atlantic Philanthropies also supports the advocacy and research activities of initiatives promoting PEI approaches in areas such as: mental health, parenting support, early childhood care and education, penal reform, children’s rights, sexual health, domestic violence, literacy, social and emotional learning, and youth mentoring. 

Research Into Effectiveness

The effectiveness of PEI initiatives in improving outcomes for children is being rigorously evaluated.  This is to ensure that they help the communities in which they operate, but that policy makers and those who design and deliver services for children can benefit from their experience and put it to work for other communities. 

41 studies are currently underway or completed of which:

  • 15 are Randomised Control Trials
  • 11 are quasi-experimental
  • 4 are qualitative
  • and 11 others include action research and case studies.

The Key Messages Of Prevention And Early Intervention

Main objective - to provide a social and emotional bedrock for the current and future generations of babies, children and young people across the island of Ireland by helping them and their parents (or other main caregivers) before problems arise.

Simply put, intervening early helps children become more resilient and to realise their full potential. Prevention and early intervention is essential to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and disadvantage.

Why Is It Important?

Prevention and Early Intervention can have life-long positive effects on outcomes for children and young people, such as better mental health and reduced juvenile crime.

Prevention and Early Intervention can be less expensive and more effective than later intervention, preventing hardship and suffering for those at risk, including children, families and communities.

In short…

It makes sense – prevention is better than cure.

Acting now is more effective than intervening later.

It’s already happening in Ireland.