Explain the importance of multi-agency working and integrated working The importance of multi=agency and integrated working (such as Sure Start centres) is to ensure that children, young people and families needs can be dealt with promplyt and efficiently because all services are working together and can pass onto one another, information without unnecessary tedious delays of trying to find the next person to help. It allows the parent or carer to pass through stages smoothly and to be referred to the next service accordingly. This ensures that parents or carers are not left fretting of where to go next and makes processing between services more efficient, less stressful and referrals are made correctly. The multi agencies including health, education, childcare and social care services, are working together. Multi-agency working brings together practitioners from different sectors and professions to provide an integrated way of working to support children, young people and families. It is a way of working that ensures children and young people who need additional support have exactly the right professionals needed to support them. Where services work together within a single unit and have regular meetings across services in the best interests of the child, young person and families. Multi-agency working could involve anyone whose job or voluntary work puts them in contact with children, young people and their families. Multi-agency working provides benefits for children, young people and families because they receive tailor-made support in the most efficient way. What is achieved with multi agency working and integrated working? •
early identification and intervention
improved achievement in education and better engagement in education •
better support for parents
children, young people and family’s needs addressed more appropriately •
better quality services and a reduced need for more specialist services. •
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