This briefing published by Youth Access provides guidance for health and local authority commissioners on how to develop joined-up services for young people in transition that can provide co-ordinated support on health, mental health, social welfare, personal and practical issues.
Current patterns of service delivery fail to meet young people’s specific needs – leaving many young people struggling to resolve their difficulties alone or falling through the gaps between child and adult services. A holistic and integrated approach is crucial to improving access, quality and outcomes.
Young people often need help to address a range of inter-related personal, practical, emotional, health, social welfare and legal needs simultaneously. Without co-ordinated, age-appropriate early intervention, young people can develop serious and entrenched multiple problems.
Services need to be young person-centred in order to secure the high quality relationships of trust between service and service user that are key to achieving good outcomes.