Working with adolescents: supporting families, preventing breakdown

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Older children and adolescents constitute over 40 per cent of children admitted to care or accommodation. Concerns about these high rates of admission have led policy-makers and practitioners to consider innovative ways of working with adolescents. In many local authorities, specialist support teams have been set up, which offer intensive, short-term, preventive services which aim to divert adolescents from the care system.
This book reports the findings of a study, commissioned by the Department of Health, into the effectiveness of these specialist support teams. The book charts the development of policy on preventive services for children and provides a comprehensive review of the research on interventions with older children and adolescents. It then outlines the multiple risk factors in the lives of the young people in the study, assesses the services they received and compares outcomes for young people referred to specialist support teams with those for others receiving a mainstream social work service.
The study draws out important implications for policy and practice and will provide a valuable resource for social work managers, practitioners and academics. It is also highly pertinent to the focus on early intervention with children in the Children Act 2004 and also to the wider range of government initiatives on parenting being developed by the Home Office and the Youth Justice Board.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)978-1-903699-78-2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • children on the edge of care
  • social work issues

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