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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2013, Article ID 186414, 10 pages
Research Article

Interprofessional Collaboration in the Detection of and Early Intervention in Child Maltreatment: Employees' Experiences

1School of Health Sciences (Nursing Science), University of Tampere, FI-33014 Tampere, Finland
2Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Hyvinkää Hospital, Sairaalankatu 1, FI-05850 Hyvinkää, Finland
3National Institute for Health and Welfare, P.O. Box 30, FI-00271 Helsinki, Finland
4Science Center, Pirkanmaa Hospital District, School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, FI-33014 Tampere, Finland
5Pirkanmaa Hospital District, P.O. Box 2000, FI-33521 Tampere, Finland
6Southern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Huhtalantie 54, FI-60220 Seinäjoki, Finland

Received 1 December 2012; Revised 10 February 2013; Accepted 11 March 2013

Academic Editor: Kari Glavin

Copyright © 2013 Jaana Inkilä et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Child maltreatment is a global problem and a multidimensional phenomenon occurring in all social classes. This study depicts interprofessional collaboration associated with the detection of and early intervention in child maltreatment taking place in the family. The data were collected in a large Finnish city, Tampere (207 866 citizens). A survey was administered to employees in day care, basic education, social and health services, and police ( ). The results indicate that interprofessional collaboration associated with the detection of and intervention in child maltreatment was best accomplished by social service employees and police personnel. Employees in day care, basic education, health services, and police had little knowledge of the methods used in other units. The most support for collaboration was reported by employees in social services and day care. The results provide basic knowledge of interprofessional collaboration associated with child maltreatment between the agencies involved in the study. The research evidence can also be utilized in an international context when developing collaboration between different fields.