About the Early Intervention Project


Photo of mother and childIt is becoming well known that children with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges need the right support early in childhood.  Early intervention using methods such as Positive Behaviour Support can reduce the severity and frequency of challenging behaviour and improve quality of life. 

The right support provided locally, at the right time, and delivered in partnership with families can also avoid the high costs of crisis intervention.



Project Aims

This project aims to deliver better outcomes across the country for children with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges. You can download our sharing good practice form if you are involved in or aware of any good practice, including useful resources and training.

The project will not provide early intervention itself but will help to define what needs to happen to increase effective early intervention and to promote this over the long term.

Click here to find out more about who is involved in managing the project and how.


Why It Is Needed

The Department of Health have recognised this need and have funded the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and the Council for Disabled Children to deliver the Early Intervention Project to create a vision of what the right support looks like and how to implement this in to practice. 

“We want to make sure that families raising children with learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging get the right information and support early and that children are supported from the outset to achieve a full and happy life. This project will use evidence and real life experience to promote that message to the Government and to those who buy and provide services locally”. Jacqui Shurlock - Early Intervention Project Manager


Project Timeline




Click here to read the Evaluation Report after year 2 of the project.

Click here to read the Survey Report of families' and professionals' surveys that were carried out alongside the year 2 evaluation.

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