Eye conditions and case studies
Presented on 28 October 2011
Introduction - Connecting Structures
Various policy documents in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland were published between 2000 and 2008 promoting integrated approaches to working with children (Jones and Leverett, 2008;Walker 2008).
Notes: Recent policy developments follow a long line of initiatives that have attempted to combine preventative, proactive and protective services.
10 Key Aims
- To consider the views of children and parents when planning services.
- To shift from deficit approaches to strengths based and holistic approaches.
- To offer services from the earliest possible stage.
- To safeguard/protect children and enable them to live healthy and full lives.
- To address issues of conflict, diversity and inclusion.
- To promote transition between services and adulthood.
- To improve information sharing and communication between professionals, families and children.
- To enable learning, community involvement, environmental sustainability and economic well-being.
- To move to an outcomes based approach involving more precise evaluation.
- To move to a more joined-up way of working.
- To monitor children
- To carry out timely joint assessments
- Liaise with parents
- Advocate for children and young people
- Make decisions: when to refer on. Share information with other agencies etc.
- Co-operation: least complex smoother information sharing between agencies.
- Collaboration: where services plan together.
- Co-ordination: Very joined up and deliberate.
Notes: It should not be assumed that integrated approaches is a new thing. There have been Community Schools in Scotland for some time and in our field there are various groups of people who regularly work together eg; VISSCC in Forth Valley and CVISTA model has been widely followed in Scotland.
Collaboration: with the aim with the aim of reducing duplication of services and shifting their efforts to address service gaps. May include joint planning and joint working. Less systematic than co-ordination because collaboaration does not require the adoption of shared and agreed goals.
Co-ordinated planning and working takes account of different agencies aims, goals, policies, practices and values
Building Strong professional Relationships
Working and learning together
Identify common challenge; systematic approaches, shared objectives
Role and Implications for team work
- The Eye > Anatomical changes, Functional Changes
- Quality of the Eye> Medical/surgical intervention
- Accessing curriculum, social interventions
- Also consider: social and emotional, independence, adapted equipment etc.
Integrated Children's Services John M. Davies Sage publications 2011
Foundations of Low Vision edited by Anne L Corn and Jane N Erin AFB 2010.