Becoming comfortable with chaos: making collaborative multi-agency working work

Solomon, Mike (2019) Becoming comfortable with chaos: making collaborative multi-agency working work. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 24 (4). pp. 391-404. ISSN Print ISSN: 1363-2752; Online ISSN: 1741-2692

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This article makes a distinct contribution to the understanding of establishing multi-agency working. Using Horwath and Morrison’s framework, a collaboration is described in detail, bringing multiple agencies to work with children attending a new special school for those with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, and with their families. ‘Imaginal pictures’ of the multi-agency collaboration are outlined, with explanations of conscious and unconscious barriers to integrated working. Lessons are identified for future multi-agency collaborations, in terms of design and vision, membership, resourcing and leadership.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multi-Agency Working, Service Design, System Leadership, Collaboration, Commissioning Multi-Agency Services
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Group Processes/Group Dynamics
Management & Economics > Leadership - Personnel Management
Management & Economics > Social Psychology of Work
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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