Early Intervention

5.1 Early and Effective Intervention (EEI) is an important part of the work of Police Scotland, in conjunction with partners in relation to youth justice. However, this approach recognisesthat Early Intervention is applicable to the wider work we do to identify and address wellbeing concerns about children through Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC).

5.2 Police Scotland recognises that the vast majority of children and young people do not engage in criminal or other antisocial activity. However, if they do, we will work with their communities and relevant local partners to understand why issues arise in communities and be part of a meaningful plan to address the causes of such behaviour. This includes activities that encourage positive outcomes for children and improve the quality of life for communities as a whole.

5.3 Early Intervention also involves individual work to identify the needs of children and young people. This has seen the development of a national system for officers to record concerns about children and young people through the use of the SHANARRI wellbeing indicators to outline the cause of their concerns. This can be for a range of reasons, including when children or young people go missing or when they offend.

5.4 Police Scotland recognises that we are only one part in the partnership chain which must provide support to our children and young people. We work with our partners both locally and nationally to respond to the needs of children and young people. Those needs must be shared with the right person, as early as possible, to provide the most effective intervention to support improved outcomes for children and young people. Police Scotland understands the importance of involving children and young people in this process and listening to their views. However this will not always be possible, particularly where there are urgent concerns.