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Joined‐up thinking, joined‐up services, exploring coalface challenges for making services work for families with complex needs

Joined‐up thinking, joined‐up services, exploring coalface challenges for making services work... Purpose – This paper aims to describe coal‐face challenges to making services in the UK work to ensure the mental and physical health, safety and wellbeing of children. Design/methodology/approach – After briefly referring to some challenges to effective joined‐up service provision, it describes examples from the first author's experience of problems, during 30+ years as an NHS clinical child psychologist, and some solutions. It then describes two challenges that underpin many of these problems: lack of understanding of, or training in, evaluating evidence for interventions and a more general lack of knowledge about effective behaviour change principles. Findings – The paper concludes with recommendations about how to achieve effective joined‐up services. Common themes emerging from the research are discussed, including choosing evidence‐based programmes, providing adequate training to staff, and increasing people's understanding of behavioural principles. Originality/value – Having effective joined‐up services would mean better services for parents and their children, and would be more cost‐effective for the NHS. The ideas presented in this paper could also be applied to other services within the NHS. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Children's Services Emerald Publishing

Joined‐up thinking, joined‐up services, exploring coalface challenges for making services work for families with complex needs

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1746-6660
DOI
10.1108/JCS-08-2013-0027
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to describe coal‐face challenges to making services in the UK work to ensure the mental and physical health, safety and wellbeing of children. Design/methodology/approach – After briefly referring to some challenges to effective joined‐up service provision, it describes examples from the first author's experience of problems, during 30+ years as an NHS clinical child psychologist, and some solutions. It then describes two challenges that underpin many of these problems: lack of understanding of, or training in, evaluating evidence for interventions and a more general lack of knowledge about effective behaviour change principles. Findings – The paper concludes with recommendations about how to achieve effective joined‐up services. Common themes emerging from the research are discussed, including choosing evidence‐based programmes, providing adequate training to staff, and increasing people's understanding of behavioural principles. Originality/value – Having effective joined‐up services would mean better services for parents and their children, and would be more cost‐effective for the NHS. The ideas presented in this paper could also be applied to other services within the NHS.

Journal

Journal of Children's ServicesEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 12, 2014

Keywords: Collaboration; Children; Evidence‐based practice; Professional practice; Families

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