Embedding collaboration in integrated Early Childhood Services: The strategic role of governance and leadership

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Abstract

In Australia, as in many parts of the world, there is an increased focus on theprovision of integrated child and family services. These services bring togetherinter-disciplinary teams to provide a range of professional supports to children andfamilies, particularly those facing multiple challenges. However, the effectiveprovision of integrated services is complex and involves the renegotiation ofprofessional boundaries and the development of new and expanded ways ofworking. This article draws on relevant literature and data from two Australianstudies to examine the role of governance and leadership in developing andsustaining service integration. It argues that successful integration is dependentupon these levels of management intentionally and strategically deploying time andresources to the objective of fostering strong professional and communitycollaborations. At the same time, cultivating a culture of participative andresponsive management is essential to sustaining integration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-42
Number of pages14
JournalWaikato Journal of Education
Volume17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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