Multi-agency working with children with EBD and their families

Authored by: Barrie A. O’Connor

The Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415584630
eBook ISBN: 9780203117378
Adobe ISBN: 9781136303111


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Multi-agency working with young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD) and their families aims to coordinate and, where appropriate, co-locate the resources of multi-disciplinary professionals and service agencies to address complex educational, social and health concerns. This approach seeks to address such shortcomings as ‘siloing’ professional expertise and services in discrete organizational units, interagency frictions, and serious delays, gaps and overlaps in service responses. It was considered ‘essential for delivering co-ordinated services to particular groups of children’ (Salmon and Kirby 2008: 107) and built upon long-standing ‘inter-professional and inter-agency working’ policies in the UK (Reynolds 2007: 442).

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