Multiagency and inter-disciplinary collaboration, working both across and within sectors and teams, is critical to ensure that children are adequately protected. Research indicates that children are most effectively protected when agencies and stakeholders work together (Working Together, 2013). This is because it is almost impossible for a single agency to respond adequately to any allegation and the complex nature of child abuse. Multiagency collaboration is important to ensure the best interest of the child, and such an approach is widely considered to bring better outcomes for safeguarding children and promoting their wellbeing.
The relatively emphasis placed on developing national child protection systems, as advocated by UNICEF and others, and supported by numerous donors, is seen as a necessary element of comprehensive child protection. This, together with an appreciation of the benefits to children of multiagency working which is often considered an essential dimension of the systems approach to child protection, has highlighted the need for a more formalised and proactive attitude towards collaboration between actors.
Since countries in South East Europe (SEE) are actively engaged in developing and refining their chid protection systems and considerable efforts are placed on introducing and building the capacity of workers to respond to child abuse from a multiagency perspective, the ChildHub, itself a multiagency platform led by Terre des Hommes Regional Office in Hungary, embarked upon a review multiagency working in the region. This is the report of that review.