Inter-agency perspectives on core group practice

  • Calder M
  • Barratt M
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Core groups have been introduced into the child protection system with little central guidance. They have a pivotal role in formulating and implementing child protection plans, engaging parents and fostering inter-agency partnerships, whilst remaining accountable to the commissioning body, the child protection conference. This paper, based on small scale research, elicited and compared the responses of school teachers, health visitors and social workers to issues around their respective roles, the management of core groups and their understanding about the core group tasks and highlighted congruence and conflict in their understanding of the system, of their own roles and responsibilities, and that of the other groups. It raises major questions about the extent to which child protection can become a truly corporate responsibility, as well as how the production of procedures and training does not automatically lead to a streamlined and clear operational system. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Children & Society is the property of Wiley-Blackwell and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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  • Martin C. Calder

  • Mark Barratt

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