A study on the concept of integration by the practitioners of a children and youth service integrated team

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A study on the concept of integration by the practitioners of a children and youth service integrated team

 

Author: Ho, Shuk-yi
Title: A study on the concept of integration by the practitioners of a children and youth service integrated team
Degree: M.A.
Year: 1996
Subject: Social service -- China -- Hong Kong
Social work with children -- China -- Hong Kong
Social work with youth -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Applied Social Studies
Pages: iv, 98 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1397815
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4762
Abstract: The integrated team is a new model of the children and youth service initiated by the Report and the Implementation Guide of "Review On The Children And Youth Centre Service, 1994". Integrated teams are required to conduct a programme evaluation for assessing the effectiveness of the service model. However, the objectives of the service have not been operationalized yet, as well as no concrete indicator is provided. In order to develop measurable and specific indicators for programme evaluation as well as to compile solid and rich information for implementing the integrated team better, it is worthwhile to conduct a case study with exploratory purpose in a particular context. The objective of this study is "to examine how a children and youth service integrated team, abbreviated as AIT below, interprets the concept of integration after operating one year". The qualitative research method with single-case design, and the semi-structured in depth interview with interviewing guide are selected. There are two rounds of interviews. The first round is three individual interviews and the second round is a group interview. The three informants include the team supervisor, and the most senior assistant social work officer and social work assistant of AIT. The findings reveal that integration is categorized into three aspects and two work strategies by the team. The three aspects are the administrative, service and staff aspects. The two work strategies are case management and meeting. In addition to these components, AIT also states the pre-requisites of integratiow. They include the mission and values of the service, community need assessment, service goals and work priority, as well as the programme evaluation. Amongst the components of integration, the components "The divisions are categorized by school form and age of clients" and "Providing services with various social work methods" including three sub-components, "A comprehensive plan to address individual clients' remedial and developmental needs", "Networking between youths and their significant others" and "Networking between youths and their peers" are claimed to be effective in AIT's operation. Moreover, the component "The generic approach of a social worker" and the sub-component "Integration between marginal youths and other target groups" are being modified after AIT finds that the previous expectations are unrealistic. Furthermore, three components are suggested to be clarified in further study. They are "The flexible staff deployment", "Case management" and "Meeting". It is difficult to determine how flexible the staff deployment is. "Case management" is also very costly if the control is loose. It spends much time through meetings to deploy the staff and reallocate the resources, but the outcomes may not be effective and effieient. Hence, it is worthwhile to further investigate what flexible the staff deployement is, what types of administration, service and client are deserving to adopt "case management", as well as the frequencies and types of meeting.

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