This report relays the findings from the final phases of a study of multiagency working involving professionals from the Education, Social Services and Health sectors of local authorities.
The research study comprised three phases (Phase One was described in the interim report, Multi-agency Working: an Audit of Activity). During Phase Two of the study, 30 multi-agency initiatives were selected and visited for the purpose of interviewing key individuals from each of the participating agencies – resulting in a total of 139 interviews. Six of these initiatives were then visited again for a more detailed case-study analysis and observation during Phase Three.
The report includes analysis and discussion of the different types, or models, of multi-agency activity; the rationale for their development; agencies’ and individuals’ involvement in multi-agency activities, their roles and professional backgrounds; the impact of multi-agency activities; and the challenges and key factors in their success.