Interagency agreement template and guidance

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This Template and Guidance offers inspiration for drafting an interagency agreement, which formalizes multidisciplinary and interagency (MDIA) team collaboration between agencies involved in Barnahus. It is based on the Barnahus Quality Standards, notably standard number 2, and is inspired by interagency agreements from Barnahus in Europe and Child Advocacy Centers in the United States.

Interagency agreements are shaped by law, policy, procedures, and the way that the participating agencies function in a specific country, region or local community. In some cases, financial and human resources determine the scope and function of the Barnahus.

This guide will help you navigate different elements that are helpful to include in an interagency agreement, pointing to important issues to consider and examples of what others have done. The different elements and the order in which they appear in this template are flexible and should be adapted to what suits a particular context best.