This briefing published by Youth Access provides guidance for health and local authority commissioners on how to join up the commissioning of young people’s services across health, social care, housing and youth services.
Efective and ‘intelligent’ joined-up commissioning is the key to transforming the lives of young people through more responsive services, whilst making significant savings to the public purse.
Joined-up commissioning means commissioning across both transitions (i.e. across children’s and adult services) and needs (i.e. across health, social care, housing and other areas).
Responsibility for effective joined-up commissioning of young people’s services at a local level is shared by all of the following: CCGs, GPs, Public Health, the Youth Service, Children’s Services, adult social care, housing, Supporting People and community legal advice services.
Commissioners should consider the scope for joining up services covering a wide range of inter-related issues affecting young people. These must include not only health issues (e.g. mental health, sexual health, drugs and alcohol), but also wider issues that are known to have an impact on young people’s health and wellbeing (e.g. housing, homelessness, benefits, debt, employment, domestic violence and sexual exploitation).
There is considerable scope for improving value for money by unlocking existing resources to enable services to be entirely re-modelled, with a greater focus on integration, accessibility, outcomes and social value.
Local voluntary sector organisations and young people themselves need to be fully engaged throughout the commissioning cycle as co-producers of integrated services.