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Working partnerships? A critique of the process of multi-agency working in services to disabled children with complex health care needs

Authors:
TOWNSLEY Ruth, WATSON Debby, ABBOTT David
Journal article citation:
Journal of Integrated Care, 12(2), April 2004, pp.24-34.
Publisher:
Emerald

Recent government policies in relation to children stress the importance of service integration and partnership working, with particular emphasis on combating social exclusion. With reference to findings from a three year empirical study, this article examines some key elements of the process of multi-agency working in services for disabled children with complex health care needs. Highlights some of the barriers to effective partnerships and lists some pointers for policy and practice.

Journal article

The proof of the pudding: what difference does multi-agency working make to families with disabled children with complex health care needs?

Authors:
ABBOTT David, WATSON Debby, TOWNSLEY Ruth
Journal article citation:
Child and Family Social Work, 10(3), August 2005, pp.229-238.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Discusses findings from a 3-year research project, commissioned by the Family Fund and carried out by the Norah Fry Research Centre,  which looked at both the process and impact of multi-agency working on families with a disabled child with complex health care needs. Interviews with 25 parents and 18 children and young people who used six developed, multi-agency services were carried out. Findings suggested that the services had made a big difference to the health care needs of disabled children but were less able to meet the wider needs of the child and the family  particularly in relation to social and emotional needs. Multi-agency working appeared to make some positive, but not significant, differences to the lives of families.

Journal article

Multi-agency working in services for disabled children: what impact does it have on professionals?

Authors:
ABBOTT David, TOWNSLEY Ruth, WATSON Debby
Journal article citation:
Health and Social Care in the Community, 13(2), March 2005, pp.155-163.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Whilst agencies in many sectors have been encouraged to work together to better meet the needs of service users, multi-agency working is now a central feature of government policy. In relation to children's services, the National Service Framework, the English green paper, 'Every Child Matters' (DfES, 2003) and the Children Bill (DfES 2004) give a high priority to an integrated approach to service provision. This paper focuses on multi-agency working for disabled children with complex health-care needs, a group of children who, perhaps even more than most, require the many professionals who support them and their families, to work more closely together. Drawing on the findings from a 3-year qualitative research study, this paper examines the impact of working in a multi-agency service on professionals. Interviews with 115 professionals concluded that staff were overwhelmingly positive about working as part of a multi-agency service. They reported improvements to their working lives in areas such as professional development, communication, collaboration with colleagues, and relationships with families with disabled children. However, whilst professionals felt that they were able to offer families a more efficient service, there was concern that the overall impact of multi-agency working on disabled children and their families would be limited.

Book

Making a difference?: exploring the impact of multi-agency working on disabled children with complex health care needs, their families and the professionals who support them

Authors:
TOWNSLEY Ruth, ABBOTT David, WATSON Debby
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
84p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

Almost thirty years of research has consistently shown that families with disabled children would prefer the many agencies that they encounter to work together more effectively. Since 1997, a strong policy emphasis on the importance of ‘joined-up’ working has promoted the benefits of partnerships. In response, many projects and services have been established throughout the UK that aim to implement better joint work whilst improving quality of life for this group of children and their families. There is, however, a notable lack of information about the nature of multi-agency services for children with complex health care needs. And, crucially, the impact that these partnerships have on families and children.

Journal article

The decision to go: disabled children at residential schools and the role of social services departments

Authors:
ABBOTT David, MORRIS Jenny, WARD Linda
Journal article citation:
Practice: Social Work in Action, 14(1), 2002, pp.5-16.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Sending a disabled child to a specialist residential school may mean that live for much of the year at a school a long way from home. This article explores the views of social services staff on residential schools and the issues the face around how best to work with families who are thinking about a residential school for their child.

Journal article

The best days of their lives?

Authors:
ABBOTT David, MORRIS Jenny, WARD Linda
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 15(3), 2002, pp.20-21.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Many disabled children sent away to residential school have mixed feelings about their experiences. Reports on the findings of a recent study by the Norah Fry Research Centre.

Journal article

The best place to be? Residential school placements for disabled children

Authors:
ABBOTT David, WARD Linda, MORRIS Jenny
Journal article citation:
Children Now, 13, Summer 2002, pp.7-8.
Publisher:
Haymarket

Reports on recent research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which examined residential school placements for disabled children. Focuses on the experiences of the children, parents attitudes, and whether placements are monitored by local authorities.

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Is boarding the only option?

Authors:
WARD Linda, ABBOTT David, MORRIS Jenny
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 13.12.01, 2001, pp.38-39.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The Norah Fry Research Institute recently carried out research into the experiences of disabled children who attend residential schools. Describes their findings and messages for social services and education professionals.

Book

Disabled children and residential schools: a study of local authority policy and practice

Author:
ABBOTT David
Publisher:
University of Bristol. Norah Fry Research Centre
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
66p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

Report presenting the findings of the first stage of a research project on disabled children and residential schools. The overall study is looking at the effectiveness of current legislation and guidance in protecting and promoting the interests of disabled children who attend residential schools and is also examining: the circumstances in which disabled children are placed in residential schools; the extent to which disabled children are involved in the decision to place them at boarding school; and how disabled children's relationships with their families are affected by going to residential school and what schools and local authorities do to nurture these relationships. This report focuses in particular on the policies and practices of a sample of twenty one education and social services departments

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