The aim of this article is to describe a consultation/mentoring dialogue between a researcher of multi‐agency teams and a multi‐agency team manager, by providing a content analysis of the notes of a series of mentoring dialogues, presented in the form of a conversation. Themes discussed include: governance and the role of the steering group; managing the agencies; the role of the team manager; explanatory and practice/intervention models; job roles; professional procedures; workload; team functioning and culture; and the consultation process itself. The article suggests that research findings can usefully inform the development of new multi‐agency teams and that collaboration between researchers and service managers can be mutually beneficial.
Cottrell, D. and Bollom, P. (2007), "Translating research into practice: the challenges of establishing a new multi‐agency team for vulnerable children", Journal of Children's Services, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 52-63. https://doi.org/10.1108/17466660200700026
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