Taking care of kids saves cash

Research claims effective investment in children's early years could save £131 million a year.

The new report into the financial impact of effective early years support for children in Scotland shows it could save the public purse the cash in the medium term.

International studies have shown the substantial benefits of effective early intervention for children, mainly from pre-birth to the age of eight.

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The Scottish Government study looked specifically at the benefits in Scotland for children with no additional needs, children with moderate additional needs and children with severe additional needs.