Child protection is a multi-agency endeavour. Its effectiveness depends on information about children at risk and their families being clearly communicated between professionals. At every stage in the child protection process, the roles and responsibilities of all the agencies and professionals involved in a case must be well coordinated and planned. To achieve this, strategy meetings between involved professionals at the point of referral and case conferences at the point when initial investigations and assessments have been completed must be a routine part of good practice. The coordinated multi-agency child protection plan agreed at the conference must then be implemented by each professional performing their designated role. Regular formal case review meetings must happen (usually every three months) and good quality interprofessional communication maintained on a day-by-day, week-by-week basis until the identified goals have (or have not) been achieved. This chapter considers the nature and dynamics of multi-agency working at the level of day-to-day practice. It does so by analysing the complex nature of relationships between workers and families and between different professionals, and exploring what relationship-based practice with children and parents means in the context of increased multi-agency working and authoritative practice.
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