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Communicating misunderstandings: multi-agency work as social practice.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>08/2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Child and Family Social Work
Issue number3
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)207-216
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper reflects on the findings of an ethnographic study of interprofessional communication and social relations in an integrated child health service, during and after the relocation of different parts of the service to a single site. In the context of the governmental emphasis on restructuring services in order to facilitate better communication between different disciplines, its findings are of considerable pertinence. The study found that co-location did not straightforwardly lead to better communication. This paper urges that greater attention be paid to the kinds of professional narratives that maintain ritualized ways of working and reinforce professional boundaries. It urges the creation of conditions where everyday practices are open to scrutiny and challenge, and aligns itself with those who call for the development of a ‘communication mindset’ among professionals.

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70% contribution (data and methods sections) RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration