Overhauling how agencies work together for vulnerable children
On behalf of the Department for Education and the Home Office, EIF are exploring what is known from evidence and local practice about the integrated models that are most effective in enabling identification and early support for vulnerable children and young people. Many local areas are developing innovative approaches to bringing together children’s services, health and police resources in order to prevent harmful outcomes including neglect and maltreatment, child sexual abuse, gang involvement and exploitation. This is an area on which local innovation outstrips published evidence and so EIF sees this review of models of integrated services as a first step to improving the evidence around this key area of public service transformation.
The project involves a rapid review of the literature and a survey of local approaches (completed in Autumn 2015), with a comprehensive report to be published in Spring 2016.