Improving collaboration: a qualitative assessment of interagency collaboration between a pilot Multisystemic Therapy Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) program and a child protection team

Hebert, Sarah, Bor, William, Swenson, Cynthia C. and Boyle, Christopher (2014) Improving collaboration: a qualitative assessment of interagency collaboration between a pilot Multisystemic Therapy Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) program and a child protection team. Australasian Psychiatry, 22 4: 370-373. doi:10.1177/1039856214539572


Author Hebert, Sarah
Bor, William
Swenson, Cynthia C.
Boyle, Christopher
Title Improving collaboration: a qualitative assessment of interagency collaboration between a pilot Multisystemic Therapy Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) program and a child protection team
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-1665
1039-8562
Publication date 2014-08
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1039856214539572
Open Access Status
Volume 22
Issue 4
Start page 370
End page 373
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher SAGE Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: Child protection inter-agency collaboration is characterized by strengths and problems. Some literature notes positive attitudes and high trust between teams. However, difficulties with communication, confidentiality, roles, boundaries and divergent paradigms reconciling child protection and parent mental health needs have been documented. This study investigated whether a pilot model of intensive family intervention for maltreated children and associated intensive inter-agency cooperation delivered an effective collaboration.

Method: At the completion of the pilot program, a child protection team was interviewed. A qualitative assessment by semi-structured group interview format of inter-agency collaboration was undertaken and evaluated by a thematic analysis.

Results: The analysis identified: strong endorsement of the collaborative model; no changes in perception of referred patients; changes in treatment approaches. No perceived conflict between child protection and parent mental health needs were noted.

Conclusions: The changes noted may be due to the unique structure and functioning of the pilot Multisystemic Therapy Child Abuse and Neglect program, which encouraged high levels of team communication, strong client engagement, availability and intensive treatment of child and parent mental health problems. The implications for future collaborations are discussed as well as limitations of the study.
Keyword Child maltreatment
Inter-agency collaboration
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Mater Research Institute-UQ (MRI-UQ)
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