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Glossary Term

Specialist services

Specialist services are those that are provided specifically for children with acute or high-level needs who would otherwise be at high risk for poor outcomes.

For example, specialist services will include child protection services, adoption and fostering services provided to looked after children and their families, residential services, and services for children with serious mental health problems such as eating disorders.

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