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Editorial: Outcomes of integrated working with children and young people

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JournalChildren & Society
DatePublished - Sep 2009
Issue number5
Volume23
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)315-319
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This is the editorial to a special issue on outcomes of integrated working with children and young people. The aim of the special issue is to explore the links between two major developments in contemporary child welfare - the move towards integrated, multi-professional working and the increasing emphasis on improving outcomes for children and young people (Department for Education and Skills, 2004). Arguably these are the two most significant shifts in contemporary child welfare. The two are, of course, intimately connected - the move towards integrated working is designed by the State with the intention of improving outcomes for children and young people. Thus, these two important policy developments cannot be disaggregated. The relationship between them, however, is problematic. The proposal that integrated working leads to improved outcomes has been challenged by some and exploring this challenge provides a major theme of this special issue (Glisson and Hemmelgarn, 1998).

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  • social work issues, social care services issues, multiagency working, health services issues, looked after children

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