5. Working Effectively in a Multi-Agency Context

  1. Hedy Cleaver1,
  2. Pat Cawson2,
  3. Sarah Gorin3 and
  4. Steve Walker4
  1. Jan Horwath

Published Online: 5 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470721506.ch5

Safeguarding Children: A Shared Responsibility

Safeguarding Children: A Shared Responsibility

How to Cite

Cleaver, H., Cawson, P., Gorin, S. and Walker, S. (2009) Working Effectively in a Multi-Agency Context, in Safeguarding Children: A Shared Responsibility, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470721506.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Emeritus Professor, Royal Holloway, University of London

  2. 2

    Research Consultant; former Head of Child Protection Research, NSPCC

  3. 3

    Senior Research Officer, NSPCC

  4. 4

    Principal Consultant, Children and Young People's Services with the Improvement and Development Agency

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 17 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470518731

Online ISBN: 9780470721506



  • collaborative working;
  • multi-disciplinary practice;
  • one-stop shops;
  • education functions;
  • primary care trusts


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Core Knowledge

  • Background to Current Multi-Agency Practice

  • Collaborative Working - What is in a Name?

  • The Collaborators: The Roles of the Key Agencies Engaged in Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children

  • Inter-Agency Arrangements - Roles and Responsibilities

  • What Works?

  • Inter-Agency Systems That Promote Multi-Disciplinary Practice

  • Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration at a Practice Level: Overcoming the Barriers

  • Thresholds and Interpretations

  • Working in a Group: Tensions and Dilemmas

  • Essentials for Effective Practice

  • Conclusions