Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Working in an inter-agency environment DUMF5098

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is for graduates with relevant experience, particularly in working with young people. It provides students with substantial practical experience supported by links to current thinking and theory in the field. Drawing systematically and appropriately on theories of collaborative working, policy frameworks and relevant up to date research, students will creatively explore ways of working in collaboration across organisational, sectoral and professional boundaries and in partnership with families and communities to protect children from harm and promote their well-being.


Two hour lecture / seminar once a week for 11 weeks.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Generic regulations apply

Recommended Entry Requirements

Excluded Courses







Completing a report based on an issues-based case-study 2500 words (50%).


Production of one 2500 word essay (50%). Participants will be required to think about an area of their professional practice / workplace where they have / would like to develop multi-agency working. The remit of the 2500-word essay will require participants to identify a professional (or personal) concern or challenge they would like to explore, and to write critically and reflectively about the way they have used knowledge, skills and values in their multi-agency work with a particular focus on the perspective of other professionals.



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non-honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade.

Course Aims

This course aims to help participants explore ways of working in collaboration across organisational, sectorial and professional boundaries by developing knowledge and skills for improved practice in assessing and meeting the needs of vulnerable and young people. It aims to help participants develop in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the legal and policy context of children's services, including the roles and relationships between the different organisations and staff involved in delivering best outcomes for children and young people.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues at the forefront of providing and /or co-ordinating children's services in a multi-agency context, to meet complex needs.

2. Undertake lead professional roles, and use effective ways of working in networks (across organisational, sectoral and professional boundaries) which promote inter-professional working and the delivery of integrated and person-centred services. 

3. Solve complex issues and make informed judgements in situations where outcomes are disputed, and where effective responses to challenges and counter argument are needed.

4. Make an identifiable contribution in their own work by using initiative to identify and explore issues to improve their own and others practice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.