Following high-profile Serious Case Reviews into the tragic deaths of children, including Victoria Climbie, Peter Connelly and Daniel Pelka, information sharing has now become a moral and political imperative for safeguarding the welfare of children.
What prompts information sharing and how do we get it right? This accessible book challenges widely held assumptions about information sharing in child welfare that facts about risks to children are clear and that sharing them with other professionals is a straightforward process. End-of-chapter questions prompt reflection and ensure direct practice relevance.
This is essential reading for academics and policy makers, students on post-qualifying child protection courses, social workers, managers and all other professionals tasked with safeguarding children.
"Provides many important insights that can help all those concerned with achieving effective child protection to get high quality information sharing among professionals right." Harry Ferguson, University of Nottingham
“In a noisy, fast moving, and procedurally heavy world of child protection, this book is timely, insightful and deeply humane, with practical relevance for those committed to improving existing child protection services and practices.” Ravi KS Kohli, University of Bedfordshire
"A fascinating analysis of a vitally important under theorised and under researched topic that offers a wealth of insights to all those working in child protection and those making policy in this area." Brid Featherstone, University of Huddersfield
Foreword by Professor Sue White;
The significance of ‘information sharing’ in safeguarding children;
So, what is this thing we call ‘information’?;
Understanding professional information need and behaviours;
How is information shared in everyday practice?;
Putting pieces of the ‘jigsaw’ together to establish a ‘full’ picture;
Professional relationships with information;
Emotion information: working with hunches, concerns and uncertainty;