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Effective interventions and services for young people at the edge of care: a rapid research review

Report | July 2015

This rapid research review has been prepared to inform the DfE-funded Innovation Programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight but it is of interest more broadly to all local authority children’s services departments working with vulnerable children and young people.

With reference to existing findings from research, government-commissioned reviews and best practice guidance, the review:

  • Proposes a DfE-endorsed definition of ‘Edge of Care’ including a suggestion that the focus should be young people
  • Explores the complex reasons why young people may find themselves on the edge of care
  • Outlines key research findings relating to what is known currently about how best to safely prevent young people from coming into care ‘late’ – with reference to both organisational and practice issues