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NCJ Number: 219157 Find in a Library
Title: Developing Interprofessional Relationships: Tapping the Potential of Inter-Agency Training
Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:16  Issue:3  Dated:May/June 2007  Pages:171-183
Author(s): Sara Glennie
Date Published: May 2007
Page Count: 13
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article reviews the recent history of interagency training in child protection services in Great Britain and how this training relates to the creation and functioning of effective Local Safeguarding Children Boards, which provide multidisciplinary guidance and services for professionals who work with children and their families.
Abstract: This review identifies the key influences on the form, function, and focus of interagency child-protection training, with attention to the relevance of past experience to the current environment. New developments that can be anticipated are also considered. The review notes that the link between interagency child-protection training and effective working relationships in practice received little attention by the British Government prior to the late 1980s. In 1988, the potential contribution of interagency training was recognized by the Department of Health through work commissioned for the exploration of its complexity and to produce relevant training materials. During the 1990s, the importance of interagency training was further recognized by the government in the provision of formal guidance. This heralded a period of uneven expansion and experimentation in approaches to interagency training that varied in scope and sophistication. Simultaneously, an understanding of the way interagency training might be used to facilitate interagency practice was promoted. The purposes of interagency training have developed to include the creation of a uniform understanding of the features of child-protection services, effective integration of various services to children and their families, improved communication among agencies, effective working relationships, and sound decisionmaking about prevention and intervention. 32 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse training programs; Child protection services; Foreign crime prevention; Interagency cooperation; Multidisciplinary Investigative Team
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