What are the barriers to multi-agency working?

Territorial issues – overcoming the reluctance to share equipment and facilities, professional jealousy and inter-agency mistrust. Preventing too much ‘referring on’ or ‘passing the buck’ becoming too regular an approach being adopted to give the illusion of effective action having been taken.

What is the impact of multi-agency working?

The impact of multi-agency working the most commonly identified being improved/more effective services and joint problem solving, although the ability to take a holistic approach and increased understanding and trust between agencies were also cited.

What is multi-agency approach?

Multi-agency working is about providing a seamless response to individuals with multiple and complex needs. This could be as part of a multidisciplinary team or on an ad hoc basis.

What makes good multi-agency working?

Good communication is central to effective multi-agency working. Put processes in place to make it as easy as possible for frontline practitioners to work together and build trusting relationships. Different organisations have a range of structures so it’s helpful to establish clear pathways for communication.

Why is multi-agency work important in social work?

Working together across agencies is key to early and effective identification of risk, improved information sharing, joint decision making and co-ordinated action.

Why are good communication skills critical for effective multi-agency working?

What makes multi-agency working so important in social work?

How can we improve multi-agency working?

How does multi agency protect individuals?

What is multi-agency working in safeguarding? In safeguarding contexts, multi-agency working refers to an approach that involves professionals from various agencies working together to find safeguarding solutions or provide support for those who have been affected by issues such as abuse or neglect.