About Us

Ireland has been at the forefront of supporting Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) initiatives through partnership approaches between The Atlantic Philanthropies, NGOs, state agencies and Government since 2004. We have become a world leader in the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence informed services which intervene early, seeking to prevent difficulties for children and families and to identify and respond early to emerging difficulties.

The Prevention and Early Intervention Network (PEIN) harnesses the commitment, expertise and experience of our many members, and the various perspectives which they bring. PEIN networking events offer opportunities to learn, share, challenge and collaborate in a supportive environment which seeks to promote effective approaches and provide a collective voice for the sector.

Research Into Effectiveness

The effectiveness of prevention and early intervention initiatives in improving outcomes for children has been and continues to be rigorously evaluated. This ensures the delivery of the most effective support to the children, families and communities in which they operate, and also ensures that policy makers and those who design and deliver services for children and families can benefit from this experience and put it to work in other communities and populations.
Key Prevention And Early Intervention Messages

The Main objective of the network is – to provide a social and emotional bedrock for the current and future generations of infants, 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 achievement of developmental milestones; educational attainment; better mental health and reduced juvenile crime.

Prevention and early intervention have been shown to impact positivity on the entire life course of the child, reducing their need to avail of a wide range of state services at later stages in their lives and increasing their quality of life. There is clear international evidence on the long-term cost-effectiveness of prevention and early intervention programmes in reducing the long-term need for more costly interventions throughout the child’s life.


In short…

It makes sense – prevention is better than cure.
Acting now is more effective than intervening later.
We’ve got the know-how.