Learning together to safeguard children: developing a multi-agency systems approach for case reviews

Key concepts and fundamental assumptions

The challenge of escaping our deeply entrenched frameworks for thinking about and understanding multi-agency frontline practice should not be under-estimated. This was a key learning point from our pilot case reviews. As we all tend to interpret new material in terms of familiar ideas and concepts, it is easy to misunderstand the fundamental nature of the change in moving to a systems approach and, therefore, to misapply the model. Consequently, it is important to explain the key concepts of the model before moving on to describe the process of putting them into practice.

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