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Early Years Prevention & Intervention

wave-logo.jpgAre you involved in policy and delivering programmes, in particular via primary prevention, giving children aged 0-3 years the social and emotional bedrock they need to reach their full potential?

If you are, and you feel that you would benefit from travel overseas to learn from best practice and innovative programmes in other countries, then a Churchill Fellowship offers you that opportunity. This category is in partnership with Wave Trust and also The Dulverton Trust, who are very interested in supporting charities working in this area.
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We are keen to hear from those working with charities on practical programmes in this area, and we are particularly interested in projects that examine best practise in The Netherlands, Iceland and Scandinavia, who all excel in this area in the UNICEF 2013 Wellbeing league tables. The Dulverton Trust may support follow-up implementation of the lessons learned thereby helping to make the UK's early years intervention efforts more effective.

Check your eligibility and apply online before 5pm on Tuesday 23rd September, to travel in 2015. 

Use the links to the right to read previous Fellows' reports and blogs, and find more on our Fellows' Reports page.

We are particularly interested in proposals to investigate interventions, systems or approaches which:

1. Promote secure attachment, or prevent disorganised attachment

2. Promote infant mental health

3. Prevent the occurrence of physical or emotional abuse or neglect in the lives of children from birth to age 3

4. Promote good couple relationships and prevent domestic violence during pregnancy and in the first year after a child's birth

5. Provide targeted support to mothers, fathers or families where there are ‘at risk' situations for children's wellbeing - e.g. substance abuse, mental health issues, domestic violence, prior history of the parent having been abused

6. Demonstrate best practice in taking children into Care where it is considered unsafe or impractical to leave them with their birth parents

7. Provide pre-natal support to parents to foster the healthy social and emotional development of their future children

8. Promote good ‘attunement' (responsive parent-infant bonding) between parent and child

9. Are universal in scope and ensure the best possible start in life for children's social and emotional development

Check list

1 Who can apply?

Make sure that you are eligible to make an application.

2 Timetable

All application interviews are held in January & February  in London. Confirmed dates will be posted on the Timetable page. 

3 Apply Now

'The essential task of the first year of human life is the creation of a secure attachment bond of emotional communication between the infant and the primary caregiver.'

Dr Alan Schore, Neuropsychoanalyst, UCLA

Previous Fellowships

Reports in PDF

We have not previously funded many Fellowships in this field. Please use the search function on our Reports page to read about the full range of Fellowships we support.

The early years and transformational change

Better intervention for Scottish children at risk

Early intervention strategies for vulnerable children

Early years nutritional partnerships in Scotland: comparisons to and lessons learnt from Canada