Early Intervention Transformation Programme

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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
Derry, Limavady, Strabane and Waterside FYI – November 2021 - Welcome to the latest issue of locality news for Derry, Limavady, Strabane and Waterside Locality Planning Groups. Derry, Limavady, Strabane & Waterside LPG FYI – November 2021 (Note: FYI will Continue Reading →
Building Better Futures – Developing social work practice - The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) is committed to developing social work practice and finding new ways of working with families and children to improve outcomes for them. The Continue Reading →
EITP Trauma Informed Practices Resources Live – QUB Evidence Review and NI ACE ANIMATION - The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) commissioned Queens University Belfast to complete an international trauma informed practice evidence review. A full evidence review report has been made available alongside Continue Reading →
ACE-Trauma Informed Practice Stakeholder Workshops May 2019 - The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland are holding a series of workshops to deliver ACE Awareness and Trauma Informed Practice Training across health, social care, education, justice and the community/voluntary Continue Reading →
Playing with nature, mud and getting dirty - Who can remember being outdoors building dens, climbing trees, making perfumes from leaves and flowers or playing with mud, stones or water? These types of childhood outdoor play experiences have Continue Reading →
Play for Parents - PlayBoard NI are holding Play Awareness sessions for parents and carers. This half-day Play Awareness session will strengthen parents understanding of play and its importance to the growth and development Continue Reading →
Fun with the Winter Elements - Winter is here and it’s getting colder and darker – but it’s still a great time for getting children of all ages outdoors. We just need to EMBRACE the weather! Continue Reading →
Play & Challenge – Play Matters Briefing July 2018 - The latest Play Matters briefing explores Play and Challenge. Children need the freedom to play how they choose and sometimes this includes taking risks and engaging in risky, challenging play. Continue Reading →
Play Matters – EITP Project - The Children and Young People’s Strategy Team within the Department of Education is taking forward a Play and Leisure project entitled Play Matters which is funded through the Delivering Social Change – Continue Reading →
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 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 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 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 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 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 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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