They talk about not working in silos now, don't they? Practitioner perspectives in a multi-agency looked after children team in Wales
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background and Aims: The aim of this research dissertation was to: [a] establish the prevalence of multi-agency Looked After Children Teams in Wales, and [b] identify the positive benefits, barriers to working, and organisational difficulties in working in a multi-agency Looked After Children team from a practitioners' perspective. Method: Qualitative thematic analysis of the data generated from a focus group comprising of seven participants representing social work, health and education professional backgrounds, all working in a multi-agency Looked After Children Team in Wales. Data was also analysed from a discourse perspective. Results: The outcomes from this limited study support many of the conclusions already reached in research literature in relation to multi-agency working, and provide some pointers for consideration by the local authority. Conclusions: Effective working within a multi-agency team can bring benefits to looked after children. Clarity of roles, recognition of different skills and knowledge and explicit communication channels in a multi-agency team are critical factors to its success.
MSc Interprofessional Studies
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