Q1: Explain the importance of multi-agency working and integrated working
Multi-agency working brings together practitioners from different sectors and professions within the workforce to provide integrated support to children and their families, for example a 'team around the child' (TAC). It is an effective way of supporting children with additional needs and helping to secure real improvements in their life outcomes. If you work with children, your career is likely to involve close working with other agencies. Integrated working is at the Centre of making a real difference to the lives of children, young people, and their families. Integrated working is made up of different process and tools to help practitioners and manager to work together. Integrated and multi-agency working is also collectively known as partnership working.
Q2: Analyse how integrated working practices and multi-agency working in partnership deliver better outcomes for children and young people There are many outcomes for children that will be positive if the professionals working with the children and their families can share and agree upon the way they might assess, plan and implement for the child. Both the children and their parents can be involved in any plans to ensure that a child can achieve their potential. If the outcomes for any child are to be positive it is important that all adults involved understand what information can be shared and the importance of confidentiality.
Q3: Describe the functions of external agencies with whom your work setting or service interacts