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Inter-agency collaboration in child protection

Date of event: May 27, 2010

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Event Briefing

In collaboration with the Scottish Police College we are very pleased to offer a very limited number of specially-priced places on this full-day seminar which examines inter-agency collaboration in child protection.

These places are available for academics, policy makers, and others non-police employees. PLEASE NOTE: Police staff should book through their SPOC (see below).


Recent child death inquires have found that poor inter-agency collaboration continues to be a significant and contributory factor in the death of children and young people in the UK. While few would argue with the principles of inter-agency collaboration, we have come to realise that the reality of establishing meaningful and constructive inter-agency partnerships is fraught with difficulties on many levels. Issues of shared values and ethics, differing theoretical perspectives, legal and policy contexts and models of practice all need to be explored and interrogated if we are to fully understand the complex, diverse and uncertain contexts in which agencies operate and which professionals have to navigate on a daily basis.


The seminar is designed to raise awareness of the underpinning knowledge and conceptual frameworks that inform inter-agency collaboration. The seminar will cover areas such as political and organisational issues and how these impact on service delivery. It will also highlight some of the tensions that can inhibit professionals from working constructively in meaningful partnership. The seminar will explore how interagency working can impact on children and families and will discuss some real life examples of good practice from a police and social work perspective.


This seminar is aimed at all those that are, or are likely to become, involved in child protection issues and engaged in interagency working.


Delegates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • An understanding of the knowledge base and theoretical frameworks of interagency collaboration
  • An awareness of how political factors, policy and legislative contexts can enhance, or mitigate against, constructive interagency working
  • An awareness of how their own personal attitudes and values can impact on the quality of interagency working relationships
  • An understanding of how improved interagency collaboration can lead to better outcomes for children and young people who have experienced abuse or trauma


Lynn Kelly is the Programme Director for Child Care and Protection at the University of Dundee and prior to this was a senior manager in child protection both in Scotland and Australia. Lynn has experience of working with children and families in a therapeutic environment and has an interest in the areas of domestic violence and children who display problematic sexual behaviours. Lynn Kelly is a member of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research.

Adrian Lawrie is a Chief Inspector with Lothian and Borders Police and is actively involved in a range of areas including child protection and the wider public protection agenda. Adrian is interested in areas of youth justice and domestic violence. Adrian is currently completing his MSc in Child Care and Protection at the University of Dundee.


In collaboration with the Scottish Police College we are very pleased to offer a very limited number of places on this full-day seminar at a special rate of £75 (the normal rate for CPD events charged by the College is £150). This offer is available to all non-police officers, including academics, policy makers and planners. Please note that police officers should apply for places directly via their own Force or partner agency Single Point of Contact (SPOC).

Please note that there is a late booking supplement of £25 for bookings received after 10th May.

This will be a full-day course. Times will be advised with joining instructions. Lunch and refreshments will be included. On arrival at the College, delegates should make their way to the reception area of the Culzean Building.

For further details, please contact the Research and Knowledge Transfer Manager, Tim Heilbronn (

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