Title: What integrated working practices support or hinder effective referral pathways from Health to Education services for blind and partially sighted babies and young children?
Author: Julie Jennings, Publisher: Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC), Year of publication: 2009.
Despite Government commitment to integrated working practices and early intervention for babies and young children with disabilities, there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that referral arrangements from Health to Education services for blind and partially sighted babies and young children vary considerably across the country. Where established referral procedures are not in place, this may lead to delays in provision of specialist services' support for babies and young children and their families where sight loss exists, and this risks developmental delay. The first stage of the study was desk research to review relevant literature and to identify the pathways for referring blind and partially sighted babies and children from Health to Education. The second part of the study sought to identify models of good practice in three local authorities and - where there were delays in referring from Health to Education - to understand the reasons for these delays.