Our Dutch project partner Netherlands Youth Institute hosted a meeting for policy makers and key persons in child protection in the Netherlands. The meeting took place October 5 in Utrecht and was conducted together with the British partner Child and Family Training – a very active and productive partner tandem! The event focused on multi-disciplinary collaboration in the Dutch context and addressed policy makers of municipalities, Safe Home organisations and service providers. The meeting aimed at disseminating lessons learned from the MAPChiPP Project to these relevant key persons in child protection. In total 35 professionals took part in the meeting.
The programme started with a short introduction of the project, followed by three presentations. The first presenter, Debby Maas, the assistant-director of Safe Home West-Brabant, presented on the role of Safe Home in protecting children and their collaboration with local teams. Then, Sander van Arum, an expert in the system-oriented multi-disciplinary approach, presented his vision on phased collaboration between partner organizations aiming at child protection and risk-guided services after substantiated child maltreatment. Afterward, Arnon Bentovim and Stephen Pizzey presented the Safeguarding Assessment and Analysis Framework from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
After a break, the participants split up in groups and discussed the challenges in multi-disciplinary collaboration and possible solutions. Core questions to the discussion were:
- What is the role of practice organisations and municipalities in each phase of the child protection process (i.e., acute safety planning, investigation and diagnosis and intervention planning, execution and evaluation)?
- What does this mean to the coordination and leadership on the process by practice organisations and municipalities?
- What works well and how will children and families notice that?
- What dilemmas are faced? How can the presented models contribute to the solution of these dilemmas?
- On which dilemma do you want to hear more potential solutions from others?
The meeting was well received by the participants resulting in a very encouraging evaluation. Here are some impressions of the event: