#ToYouFromTes: The jigsaw children

Many vulnerable pupils are not getting the support they need owing to a failure by all those involved in their care – schools, housing associations, the NHS, social care – to piece together the different aspects of their needs. Some school leaders have had enough of the disjointed system and are taking matters into their own hands, finds Will Hazell

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First, Alice* laughs. Then she suddenly becomes serious.

“No,” she says. “The various agencies, institutions, support services and education bodies involved in supporting me are not joined up. I would say the approach is as opposite to being joined up as it is possible to be.”

Alice is a looked-after child. The shorter list of places in which she has a file under her name includes her local children and adolescent mental health services (Camhs), school, doctor’s surgery, local authority children’s services department, the office of the council’s virtual school head and the county police. The ...

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