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Lambeth 1966

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Lambeth Borough]

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One Hundred and fifteen families were involved receiving intensive casework
service, from the following workers-
Family service unit 39;
Health service 35;
N.S.P.C.C. 22;
Children's Department 19.
A meeting was held at Lambeth Town Hall in October 1966 to which the
principals of all the main local voluntary agencies were invited and agreements
were reached which linked their work still more closely with the statutory

Seventy four case conferences were held to discuss the problems of individual families at the request of the following

Children's department18
Health Department18
Lambeth Housing Department9
G.L.C. Housing Department8
Welfare Department5
Probation Service3
Family Service Unit2
Maudsley Hospital2
Brixton Child Guidance1
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Families are referred to these workers from the co-ordinating Committee case
conferences, when they present multiple problems which demand more time and
care than can be given by normal services. The work is both intensive and
prolonged and caseloads must of necessity be kept small, or the aim of providing
the service would be defeated. Progress is always slow, with many backsliders;
some families indeed may need years of supervision while the children are growing
The two full time caseworkers employed by the department were concerned
during the year with a total of 38 families involving 161 children.

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