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Intervening to improve outcomes for vulnerable young people : a review of the evidence

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Research Report DFE-RR078 Intervening to improve outcomes for vulnerable young people: a review of the evidence Janet Walker and Cam Donaldson This research report was commissioned before the new UK Government took office on 11 May 2010. As a result the content may not reflect current Government policy and may make reference to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) which has now been replaced by the Department for Education (DFE). The views expressed in this report are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department for Education. ii Review Directors Emeritus Professor Janet Walker, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University Professor Cam Donaldson, Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health, Glasgow Caledonian University Contents Foreword vi Executive Summary vii Chapter 1 Introduction to the Review 1 Background to the Review The Review Process The Programmes Included in the Review The Search for Evidence A Changing Policy Agenda Structure of the Report 1 2 3 8 9 9 Chapter 2 Identifying and Assessing Vulnerable Young People 10 Targeting Young People Most At Risk Understanding Risk Factors Referring Young People to Programmes Assessing Needs Promoting More Rigorous Assessment Processes Summary – Lessons Learned about the Identification and Assessment of Vulnerable Young People 10 12 16 18 21 22 Chapter 3 Multi-Agency Working: Innovations in the Delivery of Support Services 24 Identifying the Challenges and the Responses Achieving Change in Multi-Agency Working Key Workers and Lead Professionals Joint Commissioning and the Pooling of Budgets Summary – Lessons Learned about Multi-Agency Working and Integrated Service Delivery 24 28 30 33 34 Chapter 4 Delivering Interventions and Improving Outcomes for Young People 36 Integrated Service Delivery: Empowering Young Peo

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