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Return to Social Work: Learning Materials

Module 10: Working in organisations

The final module in the return to social work materials focuses on the organisational context that shapes the practice of children and families social workers. Module 10 provides an overview of the types of services and organisations involved in the delivery of services. Social policy (see Module 6) has increasingly placed an emphasis on multi-agency and multi-professional working. This module examines the complexity of working across organisational boundaries and picks up the important theme of effective communication in overcoming many of the challenges and barriers that exist between different professional agencies. Attention is given to the DfE (2013) Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance. Some of the key multi-agency meetings in child protection are identified, together with the role of the social worker and manager in ensuring meetings are effective and focused on the needs of the child.