Children's services agencies in England are increasingly expected to work together to plan needsled interventions in their locality. Such planning requires good information on local need and service take‐up, yet this is often lacking. Connecting data from single agency, multi‐agency and community studies in one district shows how the severity of need overlaps with different service and administrative categories. The findings point to the value of such mapping exercises, while the pattern that emerges highlights the importance of planning provision for all children and of linking intervention to thresholds of severity of need. The approach will have relevance to other care groups.
Axford, N., Madge, J., Morpeth, L. and Pring, J. (2004), "Mapping the Data Needed to Plan Integrated Services: A Case Study of Children's Services in one Locality", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 3-10. https://doi.org/10.1108/14769018200400017
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