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Chris Chennell

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Multi-Agency and Multi-Professional Services
Multi-agency and multi-professional services

The term ‘multi-agency and multi-professional services’ is taken to mean more than one ‘agency’ and more than one professional working together to provide a service. ‘Agency’ is used to reflect statutory and independent sector organisations and may even differentiate between individual departments within one organisation; for example, ‘social service provider services’ and ‘social service care management’ are frequently deemed to be separate agencies. It is usual that the individual representatives bring their differing professional backgrounds and training to bear, although sometimes it is sufficient to simply bring a different perspective to the situation. Similarly, in this context the term ‘professional’ is used loosely to describe a person working, usually for pay, but this is not necessarily a constraint ...

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