Book News: January 26th, 2004

Hughes, J. and Settle, DThis audit offers a set of quality standards for inter-agency work. The guidance offered may apply to all involved in inter-agency work, and also inter-speciality and inter-disciplinary working. For example, the principles of this work could apply to multi-disciplinary health teams or area child protection committees. It explains issues around aims, commitment, management, communication, evaluation and accountability. The structure of inter-agency projects is highlighted through illustrations and guidance concerning the interactions between levels of strategic leadership, executive management and operational implementation. The document supports those involved in bringing together various agencies, specialists and disciplines as equal partners aligned to a common purpose, while at the same time acknowledging, maintaining and respecting their individual integrity.

Quality Standards in Inter-agency Work is produced by The Derwent Initiative and is available free of charge from