Child protection and domestic violence service collaboration
Macvean, M.L., Humphreys, C. & Healey, L. (2018). Facilitating the Collaborative Interface between Child Protection and Specialist Domestic Violence Services: A Scoping Review. Australian Social Work. DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2017.1415365
Service provision in domestic and family violence involves complex responses from multiple systems. Early evidence involving other sectors suggests interagency working may benefit service systems and providers. This points to possible benefits for service users. A scoping review of models of interagency working between child protection and either domestic violence services or family law services, or all three services, was undertaken to improve understanding of practices that may facilitate collaboration between child protection and other agencies. A systematic search of nine databases and 10 organisation websites was conducted. Results were screened against selection criteria and 24 models were identified. From those, 22 facilitators for collaboration emerged and were grouped according to five interagency collaboration enablers: shared vision; formalisation of the model; authorising environment; leadership; and information sharing. These facilitators and enablers can be used to guide policy and practice development toward more integrated services for families experiencing domestic and family violence.
Interagency collaboration in response to domestic violence has the potential to improve service efficiencies which may increase safety and wellbeing for women and children.
Effectiveness of enablers for improving service provision and wellbeing of women and children requires further investigation.