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An integrated care pathway for looked after children can facilitate multi-agency coordination
  1. D Simkiss
  1. Division of Health in the Community, Warwick Medical School, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK;

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Looked after children are a vulnerable population at risk of unidentified and unmet health needs. Coordinated input from health, social care, and education services for these children is required by government but is not easily achieved.

The focus on looked after children has sharpened with the Quality Protects programme, a major initiative launched in 1998 to improve their life chances. In 2002, the Department of Health (DH) published guidance on how to develop …

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