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We are engaging with our members to identify effective strategies for implementing integrated care and support in practice. We are doing this in the framework of a working group on ‘Integrated Care and Support’ which runs from 2018-2021.


The secong meeting, focusing on care leavers, took place in Edinburgh 26-27 September 2019 and was organised in collaboration with our Scotish members: Care Inspectorate, Social Work Scotland, Renfrewshire County Council and CELCIS.


The coordination of support between different sectors (social, education, health, police, employment, housing etc) to provide a more integrated response to care leavers is being increasingly recognised as important for:


  • Addressing the complex issues faced by young people leaving state care
  • Harnessing the expertise of professionals in different sectors
  • Improving the efficiency of services


There are many different ways in which this can be achieved in practice. Some examples include:

  • Joint working at strategic level on planning and decision-making
  • Centre-based service delivery, where professionals from different agencies are co-located
  • Multi-agency teams, involving professionals from different agencies working together on a day-to-day basis
  • Case-management, where a professional ensures access to all services a young person may require


Contact ESN Policy Officer, Valentina Guerra, if you have any questions.


First Meeting

2018: Integrated Care & Support - Children