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OECD in Australia to examines how to link services for disadvantaged youth



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OECD IN AUSTRALIA TO EXAMINES HOW TO LINK SERVICES " FOR DISADVANTAGE)) YOUTH

An OECD study team is visiting Australia next week to identify examples of how educational, health and social sendees can best be integrated to serve disadvantaged children and youth,

The seven-member team is visiting Australia as part o f a three-year study by the OECD's Centre fbr Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). The study team has already visited Europe and North America.

The team will visit Youth Access Centre*, schools and other sites considered to be examples of best practice in the integration o f services in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia from April 2 to 8,

The OECD launched the study in response to concerns among member c o u n trie s at the growing numbers o f children at risk o f failing in school and are under threat o f unemployment, and long term welfare dependency.

Traditionally, education, health and social services have approached the problems feeing these children in a fragmented fashion, rather than taking an integrated approach.

In the last ten years, however, there has been a growing recognition among OECD member countries that the integration o f various forms o f children and youth services has the potential to provide more effective support and cane,

It is also considered this approach may prove more cost-effective by delivering improved outcomes and eliminating o f duplication,

The results o f the study will be available in 1995-96, The study will provide an analysis o f the legislation and policies promoting integration and of successfully integrated programs from 17 OECD countriei,

The report will also identify key issues and problems faced when integrating o f services and will o f f e r guidance on how to integrate service*,

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