Co-ordinating Services for Children and Youth at Risk

Co-ordinating Services for Children and Youth at Risk

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Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

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17 July 1998
9789264163195 (PDF) ;9789264160385(print)

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Some 15 to 30 per cent of our children and youth are at risk of failing in school where learning and behaviour problems touch ever younger children. In many countries with very different political and cultural backgrounds, these challenges are being met by increasing the co-ordination of education, health and social services, a process often galvanised by a broader involvement, extending to business and senior citizens. This is more than merely tinkering with statutory systems of service provision. Current services are mismatched; our vision of the family and its needs is changing along with the balance between prevention and remediation, and the ways that professionals work together. This book provides the detailed stories of how this process has developed in seven OECD countries: Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the United States. It looks at system change from the points of view of policy-makers, managers, practitioners and service users. It provides information on the background to the changes, highlighting what was provided to help the changes happen and investigating the process of change and the outcomes of the reforms. The scope of the work is broad: it covers pre-school, school age and transition to work.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Case Studies Carried Out by the OECD Secretariat
1. Australia
-Victoria: Cohesion and Conflict in Federal, State, and Local Level Efforts to Integrate Services
-South Australia: A Leader in Building Effective Structures for Services Integration
-New South Wales: How Integrated Services Can Be Used to Address Broad Ranging Problems from Bad Behaviour to Violent Crime
2. Canada
-Saskatchewan: United Efforts to Integrate Services from the Top-Down and Bottom-Up
-Alberta: Radical Change Towards Services Intgration
-Ontario: Integrating Services in Canada's Wealthiest Province
-New Brunswick: Working "Smarter" through Integration
3. Finland
-A "Safety Net" Approach to Integrated Services Provision
4. Germany
-The Human Services Underpinning of Europe's Economic Giant
5. Portugal
Integrating Services in the Context of Socio-Economic Change
6. The United States
-Missouri: Integrating Services through Public-Private Sector Partnership
-New York City: Coordinating Services in a Multi-Ethnic Metropolis
-California: Moving Towards Integration in America's "Honeypot" State
Part II. Case Studies Carried Out by Finland and the Netherlands
7. Finland
-Experimental Efforts to Integrate Human Services
8. The Netherlands
-The Quest for Economy, Efficiency, and Effectiveness

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