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Integrating Health and Social Care in Scotland: Potential impact on children’s services

Year: 2015
Topic: Health and Wellbeing
Author: Vicki Welch, Maire McCormack, Jim Stephen, Jennifer Lerpiniere

Report one: A review of literature

First of three reports from a study of the potential effects of the Public Services (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 and the resultant integration of (adult) health and social care services on children and young people in Scotland and the services they use.

The study was commissioned by Social Work Scotland (previously the Association of Directors of Social Work - ADSW) and carried out by CELCIS and Children in Scotland.

The report:

  • provides a useful summary of information relevant to current debates about integration
  • highlights the relevance of these debates for children and family services
  • provides context for the primary research strands of this study.

Report two: Study findings

The findings suggest:

  • response to the Act is at an early stage
  • a range of different approaches, often building on existing initiatives.
  • some are integrating children’s as well as adults’ services
  • integrating across functions may require the splitting of services across the life-course
  • areas are aware of risks associated with separating adult and children’s services.
  • transitions will take time.