Strengthening Child Protection

Sharing Information in Multi-Agency Settings

Kellie Thompson

Strengthening Child Protection

Kellie Thompson

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

With a Foreword by Sue White
224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781447322511 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
In the wake of official reviews of a number of high-profile deaths of at-risk children in the United Kingdom, the topic of information sharing among social service agencies and staff has become both a political and a moral imperative. But while the concept is easy—information should be shared widely among agencies—the practice is much more complex, involving complications ranging from interagency cooperation to the need to protect privacy. This book steers a course through those problems, offering a close analysis of how information sharing can and should work to help social workers build a full picture of a child’s life—and thereby help to safeguard and improve it.
Contents
Foreword by Professor Sue White;
Introduction;
The significance of ‘information sharing’ in safeguarding children;
So, what is this thing we call ‘information’?;
Understanding professional information need and behaviours;
How is information shared in everyday practice?;
Putting pieces of the ‘jigsaw’ together to establish a ‘full’ picture;
Professional relationships with information;
Emotion information: working with hunches, concerns and uncertainty;
Conclusion
Review Quotes
Ravi KS Kohli, University of Bedfordshire
“In a noisy, fast moving, and procedurally heavy world of child protection, this book is timely, insightful, and deeply humane, with practical relevance for those committed to improving existing child protection services and practices.”
Brid Featherstone, University of Huddersfield
“A fascinating analysis of a vitally important, under theorized, and under researched topic that offers a wealth of insights to all those working in child protection and those making policy in this area.”
Harry Ferguson, University of Nottingham
“Provides many important insights that can help all those concerned with achieving effective child protection to get high quality information sharing among professionals right.”
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