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Facilitation of Multisystem Collaboration

No agency, system, or professional discipline alone possesses the knowledge or authority to protect children from abuse and neglect. Rather, the protection of children depends on a community's capacity to improve and coordinate the work of its social service and legal systems and to educate and involve its citizens. NCFC has worked with many communities across the country to strengthen multisystem collaboration and to increase community involvement to prevent child maltreatment.

The multisystem collaboration process provides a forum for conflict resolution, education, consensus building, and mutual accountability among the systems, agencies, and disciplines responsible for child protection. NCFC assists agency and system partners to conduct a multisystem case analysis that demonstrates how they are working together to report, investigate, and treat child abuse and neglect. NCFC's assistance in facilitation of multisystem collaboration has resulted in:
  • protocols, memoranda of understanding, and other agreements that improve collaborative work on behalf of abused and neglected children;

  • documentation of the types and amounts of resources needed by involved systems and agencies to improve client outcomes;

  • additional resources allocated to child abuse and neglect protection efforts;

  • improved sharing of information among systems involved in child protection;

  • the development of community outcome measures, including baselines and benchmarks, to track the community's progress in protecting children from maltreatment; and

  • increased community awareness of and accountability for child abuse prevention.


For more information about the consultation services offered by NCFC, contact the Intake and Project Development Manager at 978/365-5068 or e-mail

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