The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Working Together or Pulling Apart? The NHS and Child Protection Networks

Lupton, Carol, North, Nancy and Khan, Parves (2001) Working Together or Pulling Apart? The NHS and Child Protection Networks, Bristol, UK, The Policy Press, 219pp.

Record type: Book


This is an interesting and important book. It has two parallel themes – child protection, and interagency and inter-professional relationships – both of which are examined in a sophisticated manner. In doing so, Working Together or Pulling Apart? constitutes an illuminating case study of the enduring 'policy-implementation gap'. The book is said to be about the role of the National Health Service (NHS), and the contribution of its staff (both managers and professionals) to collaborative work at both central (policy development) and local (policy implementation) levels. Fortunately, the remit also extends to non-NHS staff, especially those working in social care, so the wider picture of partnerships is maintained.
However, this is not simply a descriptive account of such relationships – this is available elsewhere, not least in work undertaken by these authors, and is referred to extensively throughout the book. What is also undertaken is an attempt to explain why collaboration – or partnership as we are now doomed to term it – has been so elusive. In doing so, the authors take the relatively unusual step of drawing upon inter-organisational theory, and it is this which marks out Working Together or Pulling Apart? as distinctive from most other texts on either child protection or partnership working.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 2001


Local EPrints ID: 33760
ISBN: 1861342446
PURE UUID: 0fab199b-c007-4025-9699-9ad2a8a4f396

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 19 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:52

Export record



Author: Carol Lupton
Author: Nancy North
Author: Parves Khan

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.