New proposals on inter-agency work

    Standards for inter-agency working have been drawn up after a
    recommendation by Lord Laming’s inquiry into the death of Victoria
    Climbie.

    Laming’s report, published in January 2002, highlighted poor
    working between different agencies that led to a failure to save
    the eight year old.

    The recommendations are contained in research by Salford Centre for
    Social Work Research and Salford Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and
    Collaborative Research. They include a core set of standards for
    social workers, police, health professionals and teachers covering
    areas such as ethics, confidentiality, reviewing and
    recording.

    Practitioner training should include the standards in their
    curriculum by September 2005 and a “core curriculum” on
    inter-agency working should be mandatory at each professional level
    for all staff.

    The study also says the Department of Health should consult on
    extending the standards to other professionals, such as housing
    workers.

    General Social Care Council chief executive Lynne Berry said: “We
    need to equip people to work together to help prevent children
    falling through the net.”

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