Beyond child development centres: care coordination for children with disabilities

Child Care Health Dev. 1997 Jan;23(1):29-40. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2214.1997.839839.x.


A specific model of care coordination for children with disabilities is described, comprising parental empowerment, a defined client population, individual tailoring of service based on assessment of need, inter-agency collaboration beyond existing team boundaries, continuity of named professional contact across transitions important to families, and a named care coordinator. The first stages of local implementation of the model are described for children with a disability making the transition into nursery school provision. Qualitative findings from interviews with families and care coordinators are presented, and the possibility of care coordinators providing a Named Person function is examined.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Case Management / organization & administration*
  • Child Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cohort Studies
  • Community Participation / methods
  • Consumer Behavior / statistics & numerical data
  • Developmental Disabilities / therapy*
  • Disabled Persons*
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Patient-Centered Care / methods*
  • Patient-Centered Care / standards
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Program Evaluation
  • Wales