and Case Management in Social Services
Cooperation and coordination are politically correct terms.
They can occur at either organizational or case levels. An
example of a public social service cluster surrounding nineteen
year old women with multiple agencies illustrates the difficulty
of case coordination. The involvement of a number of workers
is, in itself, neither effective nor a guarantee of quality
This paper is
based on a research project focusing on case problem definition,
cooperation, and coordination presented at Social Welfare
Departments. Definitions of the terms "cooperation, coordination
and collaboration" are overlapping, ambiguous, and context
related. However, they are frequently used in relation to
the helping professions, where they appear to be presented
both as ends and means. These taken-for-granted terms are
of theoretical interest to organizations, professionals, clients,
and their environments.
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