Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
Integrating Social Services for Vulnerable Groups
Bridging Sectors for Better Service Delivery
All OECD countries have vulnerable populations in need of multiple service supports.
And although the needs of vulnerable families, children and youth with mental health
issues, the homeless, and the frail elderly can vary widely, the challenges government
face when delivering multiple social supports to these groups are often similar. This
book looks at the ways in which governments design and deliver integrated social services
to vulnerable groups and the opportunities and challenges this brings. For each vulnerable
group, the book addresses questions like: How are social services being integrated?
How are vulnerable groups defined in different countries and how do populations compare?
Why integrate service for vulnerable groups? It highlights pathways towards successful
integration practices, and summarizes the evidence on good practice and promising
common practices from across all of the vulnerable groups.