About early intervention services

Early intervention and the state of the service in the Czech Republic

Early intervention is a preventive social service provided only by registered providers granted by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, in accordance with Section 54 of Social Services Act No. 108/2006 Coll. At this moment, the early intervention social service is provided by 47 registered providers across the target group of families of children with disabilities.

Early intervention services include a basic statutory range of activities. Early intervention is requested by the state through the Ministry of Labor and Social Services and regional authorities as a direct reaction to the needs of parents of young children (0-7 years old). Early intervention service providers have to abide by the Social Services Act No. 108/2006 Coll. and are subject to being inspected by social services and other control mechanisms available to the Ministry of Labor and Social Services as well as regional authorities.

Early intervention respects international conventions, particularly the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, Convention on the Rights of the Child and People with Disabilities. At the same time, it respects the patents’ competence to best decide about their own child and his/her individual qualities and abilities.