Prevention and Early Intervention Unit

Prevention and early interventions have a strong common-sense appeal.  Most people are familiar with the idiom “prevention is better than cure”.  However, effective prevention and early interventions rely on both knowing what to do (scientific understanding of cause and effect) and being in a position to act (the capacity of the government to intervene in social life).

The focus of the Prevention & Early Intervention Unit’s (PEIU) work is on prevention and early interventions that can improve the life outcomes of children as well as the quality of life of older people dealing within long term conditions such as chronic illness (this is seen as being within the context of population health).

The purpose of this webpage is to provide access to the work of the PEIU which was established under A Programme for a Partnership Government by the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform.