Members of eight multi-agency teams working in different areas of children’s services participated in individual interviews and focus groups, to discuss their thoughts on dilemmas in inter-professional working. Participants discussed resolutions to dilemmas in terms of clarifying joint goals, and working out individual roles in achieving those goals. However, themes which came out of their discussions also included issues around professional identity, power, professional territory, and expertise. These four themes appeared to arise from professionals’ everyday roles and activities: who they interacted with, what they did, and how professional relationships are played out. Furthermore, these themes can directly impact on the commitment that individual professionals give to collaborative resolutions to inter-professional dilemmas: a resolution may entail some degree of professional sacrifice in these areas. These themes need to be considered when professionals are engaged in the construction of and commitment to shared goals and responsibilities.
|Translated title of the contribution||Team Reasoning and Multi-Agency Collaboration|
|Publisher||The British Academy|
|Number of pages||2|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|