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Evaluating integrative services in edge-of-care work

McPherson, Susan and Andrews, Leanne and Taggart, Danny and Cox, Pamela and Pratt, Richard and Smith, Verity and Thandi, Jasmeet (2018) 'Evaluating integrative services in edge-of-care work.' Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 40 (3). pp. 299-320. ISSN 0964-9069

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Children living on ‘the edge-of-care’ are typically known to local safeguarding authorities and are considered likely to face risks to their safety. Many are subject to a child protection plan and/or involved in ‘pre-proceedings’ processes. A growing number of their parents face (un)diagnosed mental health difficulties as well as economic and social precarity. This article draws on a mixed methods evaluation of a pilot service in the East of England offering a therapeutically led attachment-based intervention for families. The service cross-cuts health and social care, allowing psychologists and psychotherapists to work alongside social workers and other practitioners. The evaluation examined psychological and safeguarding outcomes and explored practitioner perspectives. A key outcome was that 85.4% of families were enabled to remain, or reunite with their child, compared with an estimated 50% of ‘edge-of-care’ cases nationally. This supports the need for similarly oriented interventions that could help lower the incidence of child removals.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: doi: 10.1080/09649069.2018.1493651
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attachment, therapeutic intervention, edge-of-care, recurrent care proceedings, parental mental health
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 09:39
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:53

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