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Multi-agency working

Connelly, Graham (2008) Multi-agency working. In: Scottish Education. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, pp. 752-761. ISBN 9780748625932

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This chapter, therefore, examines the case for a strategic approach to joined-up services by reviewing the development and operation of multi-agency working in Scottish education, and considers the professional imperatives for collaboration between agencies, and the barriers which present significant challenges to action. The chapter begins by outlining the policy context in relation to making Scotland a fairer society through improving educational experience generally, and then discusses more particularly the emerging practice issues for multi-agency working by considering the case study of one significantly disadvantaged group: children and young people who are 'looked after' by local authorities.