Awareness and prevention
The ability of services to create an authorising environment in which to support and enable collaboration is central to the success of cooperative ventures.
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.
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.
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.
Joint training can bring practitioners from different practices together to share knowledge, develop skills and feel confident about collaboration.