Principles of cross-sector collaboration

PRINCIPLE 1: Begin by creating an authorising environment

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The ability of services to create an authorising environment in which to support and enable collaboration is central to the success of cooperative ventures.

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PRINCIPLE 2: System integration is an essential element of collaboration

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System integration involves the interaction of different service components so that through working together agencies can deliver services in a more efficient and holistic manner which ultimately benefits clients, particularly those with multiple needs.

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PRINCIPLE 3: Social Capital provides the fuel for the machinery to run 

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Without sufficient time being invested in relationships between senior management, managers and staff and practitioners from different sectors, the necessary goodwill and motivation may not exist to sustain collaborative work.

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PRINCIPAL 4: Co-location can be a useful mechanism for facilitating collaborative work

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Both formal and informal contacts promoted through co-location can generate mutual understanding, sharing of information and a sense of trust on an inter-personal and cross-sectoral level.

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PRINCIPAL 5: Joint training can help develop staff commitment to collaboration

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Joint training can bring practitioners from different practices together to share knowledge, develop skills and feel confident about collaboration.

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