As everyone knows, the best way to transform the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society is to work together with partners.
At a time of budgetary constraints considerable efforts are being made by the local authority and its partners, including the third sector, to ensure the retention of a wide range of services to support children and families. Ensuring that children receive the support they need at the right time and in the right way in relation to prevention and intervention services remains key.
We have used different approaches in the UK in developing support for multi-agency forums, such as the MASH, and also lawful information sharing about the vulnerable and potentially vulnerable. The concept of multi-agency working arrangements used as the opportunity for practitioners to support and clarify the nature of concerns and identifying the most appropriate way to respond to them have many good story examples.