Professional identities alive and well

There is no indication that multi-agency working in
Children’s Fund partnerships has resulted in generic,
all-purpose practitioners, according to findings from the National
Evaluation of the Children’s Fund.

An interim report states that collaborative working at the front
line was based on the different services being clear about what
they had to offer.

The report also finds that programme changes made by the
government and uncertainty around funding “have had a
de-stabilising effect and have been identified as barriers to
effective planning and learning.”

In addition, it was found that some people view the
Children’s Fund as a source of funding rather than as a
“catalyst for change”.

National Evaluation of the Children’s Fund, Summary of Key
Learning Points from

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