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Specialist services: the need for multi-agency partnership

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Eilish Gilvarry


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In the UK the broad trend noted in prevalence surveys is towards increased availability, exposure, and use of illicit drugs across all social strata. There is a developing consensus regarding those groups of young people who are at particular risk. They may be homeless, pregnant, leaving local authority or foster care, engaged in prostitution or involved with the criminal justice system. These young people are likely to require intervention from a variety of agencies and professionals to respond to their multiple needs, yet they are faced with a dearth of specialist substance misuse services. Consequently there is a need to develop a range of partnership approaches amongst both providers and commissioners of services. The importance of partnership has been stressed in a succession of professional guidance documents, but there remain considerable bureaucratic, organisational, and historical barriers that must be overcome. Effective service models that exist in the UK and elsewhere are a source of ideas to stimulate appropriate, child-centred developments. Overall the need for a fresh impetus is emphasised, in which new partnerships are formed, and collaborative services are developed and evaluated. In this way future initiatives can be based upon evidence of clinical and cost effectiveness. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Christian J, Gilvarry E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Year: 1999

Volume: 55

Issue: 3

Pages: 265-274

Print publication date: 02/06/1999

ISSN (print): 0376-8716

ISSN (electronic): 1879-0046

Publisher: Elsevier Ireland Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/S0376-8716(99)00021-6


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