Early Intervention Transformation Programme

EITP_LogoThe Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP) is part of the Delivering Social Change Atlantic Philanthropies Signature Programme.  The Programme aims to improve outcomes for children and young people across Northern Ireland through embedding early intervention approaches.  Collectively funded over a three year period by DE, DHSSPS, DEL, DSD, DOJ, OFMDFM and the Atlantic Philanthropies, the EITP seeks to transform services to children and families in order to deliver a long term legacy of improvement.

Programme Focus

  • Government working together/pulling resources to focus on prevention and earlier intervention;
  • Using evidence to inform changes to practice;
  • To deliver transformational improvements in outcomes that can be sustained over the long-term; and
  • On using data, research and outcome indicators to demonstrate impact on outcomes for children. 



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The Programme aims to achieve three distinct objectives:

  • equipping parents with the skills needed to give their child the best start in life
  • supporting families when problems first emerge, before they become embedded or statutory services are required; and
  • positively addressing the impact of adversity on children by intervening both earlier and more effectively to reduce the risk of poor outcomes later in life

Latest News/ Events

  • News & Events
EITP – Getting Ready for Toddler launch new video - There are two key changes being introduced universally relating to the delivery of services for children aged 3+ in their preschool year:- 3+ Health Review: This is a new Health Review being introduced into the pre-school setting where Health Visitors Continue reading
Southern Early Intervention Support Service (EISS) Stakeholder Event - This event is open to all who have an interest in the future of supporting families within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area.  It will be held on Thursday 11th October from 12pm to 2pm (lunch included) at Continue reading
EITP – Getting Ready to Learn Funding Information Sessions - Getting Ready to Learn is a project funded through the Early Intervention Transformation Programme, which seeks to support pre-school settings with DE Funded places to encourage and develop parental involvement in children’s early learning.  This is to ensure maximum parental Continue reading
EITP: Getting Ready to Learn Programme Update -   The Getting Ready to Learn Project aims to support pre-school education settings with DE-funded places to encourage and develop parental involvement in children’s early learning to ensure maximum parental contribution at a crucial time in children’s early brain development. Continue reading
Getting Ready for Baby – Early Intervention Transformation Programme - The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has launched a new programme for first time parents.  Getting Ready for Baby is a new way of delivering care and supporting parents through pregnancy, preparing for labour and the early days of Continue reading
Department of Health Minister welcomes EITP EDGES Service showcase at Stormont - The Department of Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill addressed Health and Social Care providers at a recent Long Gallery showcase of the EITP EDGES Service. The EDGES Service is one of the projects funded through the Early Intervention Transformation Programme. The Programme is Continue reading
New Business to Support Young People Leaving Care - A new business venture has been launched to help support young people who have been cared for, by health and social care services across the Southern area, to seek employment when they leave care. This new Social Enterprise Business will Continue reading
DSC Stakeholder Update – July 2016 - CARNEGIE ROUNDTABLE ON MEASURING WELLBEING A Carnegie Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing event was held on 7 July in Belfast. Established in 2013, membership of the Carnegie Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing comprises representatives of the public sector, academia, business and community Continue reading
Development of the next Children and Young People’s Strategy - Our online survey seeking the views of children and young people closed on 17 June 2016 with over 300 responses received. Analysis of the responses has now begun and will inform the direction of travel as we continue to work Continue reading
Delivering Social Change Stakeholder Update – April 2016 - The Early Intervention Transformation Programme The Early Intervention Support Service (EISS) aim is to support families when problems first emerge, before they become embedded or before statutory services are required. The EISS is being developed as a locally tailored EISS Continue reading
Delivering Social Change Stakeholder Update – February 2016 - Keep up to date with all the latest developments happening within the Delivering Social Change Stakeholder Update.  The latest update includes information on:- Together: Building A United Community Programme for Government: Focusing on Wellbeing – Focusing on Outcomes Social Investment Continue reading
The Incredible Years Parenting Programme 7th April – 30th June 2016 (Open to Families within Belfast Area) - Barnardo’s will be delivering the Incredible Years Parenting Programme – Promoting Positive Behaviours for Primary Aged Children.  This programme is only open to families within the Belfast area. The programme is designed to strengthen parenting skills, prevent and treat behaviour problems in Continue reading
Promoting Earlier Intervention and Prevention - Two significant opportunities arose in December to highlight the importance of early intervention and showcase the work of CYPSP and Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP). The work of CYPSP and EITP in promoting earlier intervention and prevention was highlighted to Continue reading
The Early Intervention Support Service - WHAT IS THE EARLY INTERVENTION SUPPORT SERVICE? The EISS is a service that offers short term support to families with children 0 -18 years who have additional needs or are facing challenges that are difficult to overcome such as: • Continue reading
Early Intervention Transformation Call - The Health & Social Care Research & Development Division of the Public Health Agency (HSC R&D Division) invites applications for commissioned research on the current outcomes of the implementation of the Early Intervention Transformation Programmes (EITP) under Work Streams 1, Continue reading

Publications/ Team Members

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  • EITP Team


Programme Manager – Astrid Hamilton

Astrid Hamilton is working within the Department of Health, Social Services and Personal Safety in the role of Early Intervention Transformation Programme Manager

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