chapter  23
Multi-disciplinary work with children and young people
Process and outcomes
ByNick Frost
Pages 19

Amongst the major shifts in child welfare in recent decades has been the growth and development of multi-disciplinary work with children and young people. This chapter explores these developments within a global context – whilst giving examples primarily from the United Kingdom. It argues that this shift is part of a global development – which extends beyond child welfare, and explores the drivers behind the emphasis on multi-disciplinary working. A further driver of change has been the intractability of social problems – often referred to as 'wicked problems'. The chapter explores three drivers of networking: information and communications technology, 'wicked problems' and the complex division of labour and the drivers of increased networking with child welfare in particular. The child is a 'whole child’; they live their life holistically and experience all aspects of their life as inter-related. Child welfare professionals are very familiar with the concept of 'outcomes' and working towards these.