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The effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving access to health and mental health services for looked after children and young people: a systematic review

Jones, R., Everson-Hock, E. S., Guillaume, L., Clapton, J., Goyder, E., Chilcott, J., Payne, N., Duenas, A., Sheppard, L. M. and Swann, C. (2012) The effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving access to health and mental health services for looked after children and young people: a systematic review. Families, Relationships & Societies, 1 (1). pp. 71-85. ISSN 2046-7435

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Abstract

Background: Compared with children and young people in the general population, looked after children and young people (LACYP) are more likely to experience behavioural, physical and psychological problems. Consequently, LACYP are likely to have greater need of health and mental health services to address any specific problems. This systematic review aimed to identify and synthesise evidence on the effectiveness of interventions to improve access to services accessed by LACYP. Methods: Searches of health, social science and social care databases were conducted and records were screened for relevance. Results: Five studies were included (four prospective cohort studies and one non-comparative study). There was considerable variation in terms of the services, interventions and outcomes reported. Conclusions: Little appropriate evidence was identified by this review, suggesting that the evidence base is at a very early stage.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2012 Policy Press. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Families, Relationships and Societies. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. Please cite the published version.
Keywords: looked after children and young people; access; services; health; mental health; wellbeing; placement stability
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Emma S Everson-Hock
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2012 08:57
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:39
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674312X633171
Status: Published
Publisher: Policy Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674312X633171
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74451

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