Integrating Health and Social Care in Scotland : Potential Impact on Children's Services [Report Two: Study Findings]

Stephen, Jim and Lerpiniere, Jennifer and Young, Emma and Welch, Vicki (2015) Integrating Health and Social Care in Scotland : Potential Impact on Children's Services [Report Two: Study Findings]. [Report]

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    Abstract

    This study was subsequently commissioned by SWS to explore the potential implications for children's services of the forthcoming integration of adult health and social care in Scotland through the new legislation, the Public Bodies (Joint Working)(Scotland) Act 2014. Through this research, SWS wished to increase understanding of the potential issues for children's services resulting from health and social care integration. This includes identifying how areas are beginning to plan and deliver integrated health and social care services and how the planning process is addressing the impact on children's services and wider family services and supports. In particular, the study aimed to answer the following questions: What are foreseen as the likely implications for children and families of the integration of adult health and social care in Scotland? What are perceived as the systems and service advantages and disadvantages of integrating health and social care for children in Scotland? What types of integration of children's health and social care services are being considered in local areas? What difficulties and barriers to integration are foreseen and what structures and processes are localities planning to respond to these? What would be the characteristics of local areas showing successfully integrated children's health and social care services? And, within two case study areas: What strategic, planning and change management processes have been put in place for health and social care integration? What processes have been followed to identify and address any potential detrimental impact of integration on children and families and their services and supports?