Do Integrated Children’s Services Improve Children’s Outcomes?: Evidence From England’s Children’s Trust Pathfinders

O'Brien, Margaret, Bachmann, Max O., Jones, Natalia R., Reading, Richard, Thoburn, June, Husbands, Chris, Shreeve, Ann and Watson, Jacqueline (2009) Do Integrated Children’s Services Improve Children’s Outcomes?: Evidence From England’s Children’s Trust Pathfinders. Children & Society, 23 (5). pp. 320-335. ISSN 0951-0605

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Abstract

Thirty-five children’s trust pathfinders, local cross-sector partnerships, were introduced across England in 2003 to promote greater integration in children’s services. Using administrative performance data, this paper tracks yearly trends in child service outputs and child well-being outcomes from 1997 to 2004 in these local areas, including the period before their introduction. Professional perceptions of change in child outcomes are also presented. Time series regression analysis shows there was a general improvement in England in these selected performance indicators prior to the introduction of children’s trusts pathfinders. Children’s trust pathfinder areas initially focusing on ‘all children’ in their local area, rather than selected groups of children, showed the most progress. There was no consistent quantitative evidence for better outcomes in more integrated areas, however, 25 of the 35 survey respondents provided locally specific examples of children’s trust pathfinder arrangements improving outcomes for children and young people.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climatic Change
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Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 10:01
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2020 23:36
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/19047
DOI: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2009.00229.x

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