Prevention & Early Intervention

We are committed to evidence based practice that will improve outcomes for children, young people, and their communities.

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

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.

Preparing for Life is a member of the Prevention & Early Intervention Network (PEIN) which is a network of evidence-based practice, research and advocacy organisations across the Republic of Ireland that share a commitment to improving outcomes for children, young people and their communities. The network works 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.

For more information on the work of the PEIN including information on member organisations and ongoing research and evidence based practice, please visit


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