Professional Differences

Professionals working within all agencies including Children’s Safeguarding, Education, Health, Police, Probation, Housing Providers and Voluntary Organisations may, from time to time, experience disagreements over the handling of concerns relating to children and families and the views of one person may not always accord with those of a professional colleague.

Having different professional perspectives within safeguarding practice is a sign of a healthy and wellfunctioning partnership and effective working together depends on an open approach and honest relationships between professionals. These differences of opinion are usually resolved by discussion and negotiation between the professionals concerned.

Differences could arise in a number of areas of multi-agency working as well as within single agency
working. Differences are most likely to arise in relation to

  • Criteria for referrals and levels of need
  • Outcomes of assessments
  • The need for action
  • Roles and responsibilities of workers
  • Service provision
  • Timeliness of interventions
  • Information sharing and communication

It is essential that where differences of opinion arise they do not adversely affect the outcomes for children and young people, and are resolved in a constructive and timely manner. read more about resolving Professional Differences, and using the escalation policy in our staff briefing.