access to services

Guide outlining how the 18 weeks referral to treatment standard applies to non-emergency consultant-led CAMHS services and pathways in England. It also demonstrates how accessible low-wait CAMHS can be achieved and provides examples of good practice.

A report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education and the Social Work Inspectorate, which covers the results of an inspection into the social work and educational services provided to meet the educational needs of children in the care of local authorities.

This report outlines the findings of a case management inquiry into the way in which a young man was placed by the Adult Placement Service in a family where he then seriously abused two children. The inquiry considers events in the areas of: response to the need for an emergency placement; care planning; and the Social Services Directorate's policy and procedures. Failure of the Leaving Care Team to carry out a risk assessment or pass on information about previous incidents to the Adult Placement Service are highlighted. Recommendations are included.

This is a report on a study that sought to identify: differences in planning for disabled young people in residential schools outside local authority boundaries compared to young people attending their local special schools; the factors which impact on transition planning and transition outcomes for these young people; key areas for future research and the feasibility of such work.

Report investigating the availability of psychological therapies on the NHS in England and concluding more investment is required to widen access to a greater range of therapies along with a robust system of regulation and training to ensure high standards are maintained.

One in ten of school-aged children have a diagnosed mental problem, with only a quarter of them receiving specialist care recommended in NICE guidelines. The document discusses the scale of the problem and the financial consequences. It then looks at the cost-effectiveness of available treatment and the adequacy of services.

The Healthy Care Programme is funded by the Department for Education and Skills and developed by the National Children’s Bureau. It is a practical means of improving the health and well-being of looked after children and young people in line with the Department of Health Guidance Promoting the Health of Looked After Children (2002) and the Change for Children Programme.

This guide aims to assist local authorities and their partner agencies in the development of inclusive, evidence-based and cost-effective homelessness services for their local ethnic minority populations. This document is related to the ODPM-commissioned research the Causes of Homelessness Amongst Ethnic Minority Populations.

Document bringing together best practice and aspirations to form eleven sets of good practice standards, which can be utilised as an audit tool and guide by all those involved in adult protection work.

Report describing and assessing an example of an active outreach project with a view to demonstrating the importance of gaining service users views on the innovative local practices which they receive. It attempts to show how service user involvement can be more widely implemented through direct consultation.