Working together to improve children's life chances: the challenge of inter-agency collaboration in child protection work

Mangono, Ophelia (2009) Working together to improve children's life chances: the challenge of inter-agency collaboration in child protection work. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The adoption of inter-agency working is a key component of the government's agenda for the configuration of children services. This study examined inter-agency working in the field of child protection. Non-participatory qualitative methods were used, thus the review was largely based on secondary sources of information in the above field. Benefits of inter-agency working with regards to improved life chances for children involved more efficient transfer of information, greater understanding of child protection thresholds, improved assessment of need, timely referrals and reduced stigma for children and families. Thematic analysis of information showed a number of challenges to inter- agency working which included issues on professional status and identity, role definition and poor communication. The review offered suggestions with regards to how the identified challenges could be minimised. Messages for best practice that emerged stressed the need for clear protocols, realistic time scales, adequate financial and management support. Areas requiring further investigation included the outcomes for children due to inter-agency child protection work involving large populations, blurring of professional roles and boundaries for frontline workers.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/720

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