Integrating Social Services for Vulnerable Groups

Bridging Sectors for Better Service Delivery

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All OECD countries have vulnerable populations in need of multiple service supports. And although the needs of vulnerable families, children and youth with mental health issues, the homeless, and the frail elderly can vary widely, the challenges government face when delivering multiple social supports to these groups are often similar. This book looks at the ways in which governments design and deliver integrated social services to vulnerable groups and the opportunities and challenges this brings. For each vulnerable group, the book addresses questions like: How are social services being integrated? How are vulnerable groups defined in different countries and how do populations compare? Why integrate service for vulnerable groups? It highlights pathways towards successful integration practices, and summarizes the evidence on good practice and promising common practices from across all of the vulnerable groups.



Integrating services for children and youths with mental health concerns

Mental ill-health affects many individuals, and represents a large and rising burden of disease across the OECD. Episodes of mental illnesses for many people begin in childhood or young adulthood, and can contribute to vulnerable situations, such as low educational attainment in the first instance, or unemployment or financial hardship in the second. While OECD countries are increasingly investing in developing cross-sectoral approaches to promote mental well-being, the education, employment or social sectors most involved with children and youth often lack the capacity or expertise to effectively address the complex needs associated with mental health concerns. This chapter discusses the challenges of, and opportunities for, integrated delivery of services to improve outcomes for children and young people with mental health needs, and presents some good-practice examples of policies 1) to promote mental well-being in schoolsettings and 2) to tackle inactivity in youth with mental health problems.


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