What is Itla’s child policy knowledge?
The wellbeing of children, adolescents and families can be influenced by using scientific evidence. Itla produces and analyses information, publishes various reviews, maintains the Early Intervention resource and supports the implementation of evidence-based psychosocial interventions and practices.
Emphasis on prevention and Early Intervention
Psychosocial problems can be prevented. The best way to reinforce children’s wellbeing is to support the capabilities, skills and concrete means of growth communities to ensure the balanced development of children. According to epidemiological research, it is possible to identify risk groups at an early stage and provide them with evidence-based effective support and interventions.
We are aware that the reinforcement of children’s wellbeing requires easily accessible information on the effectiveness of early support interventions.
Supporting interventions that have been proven to be effective is profitable both from a human and an economic perspective. The early detection of psychosocial problems as well as timely support and intervention correlate strongly with wellbeing and the ability to function during adolescence and adulthood.
Decision-making supported by information
Making decisions and planning services that affect children, adolescents and families should be based on current and reliable information. Without strong national guidance, information does not transfer between municipalities or sectors. Often the focus is on corrective services, not the early detection or prevention of problems.
Most of the support aimed at families with children is project-based, fragmented and of varying quality. The use of scientific data can reduce the risk of allocating resources to interventions that have weak effects, are ineffective or even detrimental.