Safeguarding: the interagency dimension, risks and responsibilities

Michael Murphy, Eileen Oak

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This chapter examines the enduring challenge of achieving increased interagency collaboration in childcare, in the context of safeguarding vulnerable children and young people. The term ‘interagency collaboration’ refers to collaborative practice between practitioners of more than one agency. This type of collaboration is usually, but not always, interdisciplinary and multi-agency. As Shardlowet al.(2004) point out:

Given that there are such a wide range of terms with similar or proximate meanings it is necessary to specify carefully how these are used. In such circumstancesinter-agencyimplies that there are at least two distinct organisations working together to safeguard children....
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical Practice With Children And Young People
EditorsMartin Robb, Rachel Thomson
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781847426819, 9781847426826
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


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