interagency cooperation

Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) toolkit

Local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) have a statutory obligation to communicate and raise awareness of their activity as outlined in Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working. This includes ensuring that partner organisations, such as statutory and independent agencies and employers, are aware of safeguarding arrangements. It is also important that members of the local community have an increased understanding of the work that is being carried out to help keep children safe.

The practitioner, the agency and inter-agency collaboration

This resource focuses particularly on the agency and inter-agency aspects of collaboration by introducing the situation of an older man, Norman Grant and the agencies supporting him.

Working collaboratively in different types of teams

This resource uses examples drawn from different services and teams to help you think about team working in the context of inter-professional and inter-agency collaboration. It explores some of the conditions that support effective team working and offers opportunities to reflect on contribution as a team member.

Professional identity and collaboration

This resource introduces professional identity as a central factor in interprofessional relationships. It invites users to consider the implications of similarity and difference between professionals and how to sustain identity and practice constructively within collaborative relationships.

Elearning : an introduction to interprofessional and inter-agency collaboration (IPAC)

This resource invites people to explore different dimensions of interprofessional and inter-agency collaboration (IPIAC) and to hear, early on, from those who use care services and carers speaking about their experiences of effective and ineffective collaboration. It will help develop and review understanding of: what is meant by ‘interprofessional and inter-agency collaboration’ (IPIAC); why collaboration has grown in importance; the kinds of evidence that informs collaboration; and key policy and legislation and their timeline.

Introduction to the Integrated Assessment Framework. An interview with Professor Norma Baldwin.

This learning object provides an introduction to the assessment framework in which Norma Baldwin discusses the origins, nature and key features of the Integrated Assessment Framework. Norma currently teaches child care and protection at Dundee University's Faculty of Education and Social Work. Her extensive research into community development approaches to child protection has influenced policy development throughout the UK. Norma has also conducted developmental and evaluative work on services in a number of local authorities.

It's everyone's job to make sure I'm alright: report of the child protection audit and review

Review to promote the reduction of abuse or neglect of children, and to improve the services for children who experience abuse or neglect. It pays particular attention to the needs of the small number of children whose family or environmental circumstances are so poor that their future wellbeing is placed at serious risk.

Education of children in need

A study suggesting ways to improve communication between schools and children's services is discussed. The study 'Multi professional communication: making systems work for children' by Georgian Glenny and Caroline Roaf, examined case studies over a seven year period in order to identify the ingredients of successful communication systems.

Multi-agency working and its implications for practice: a review of the literature

Paper reporting and discussing the findings of a literature review which aimed to assess different models of multi-agency work, the impacts of and possible facilitators and challenges to multi-agency working and the implications these have for good practice.

A professional's place in extended schools

Article which summarises the methods and findings of a study which examined the role of social care professionals in extended schools and children's centres. It was found that the extended school environment can help strengthen multi-agency relationships. The research was conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research.