Multi-agency working aims to support children and young people earlier to ensure they meet the five Every Child Matters (ECM) outcomes. The five outcomes of ECM state that we need to be working together to achieve the best possible outcomes for children in our setting. These outcomes are: • Be healthy
• Stay safe
• Enjoy and achieve
• Make a positive contribution
• Achieve economic well being
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. This is so important to ensure that the children are being cared for in the right way and incidents like –Victoria Climbe and Baby P don’t happen again.
1.2- Anyone working together be that a team of two or larger will know that different opinion/ideas and is known to be benefical -whether competing in a quiz or professionally. If a child has speech problems - it may be more than just mechanical, it may be that a child is developmentally behind, so for the child a speech and language therapist (SALT) may be insufficient, it could be their environment - what is their home life like? are their needs being met? are they hearing social speech in the home? do they have a dummy permanently in their mouth? Do they attend a pre-school? (perhaps/hopefully) it was the pre-school that picked up the child needed help or perhaps the mother spoke to them or a health visitor or doctor if hearing/glue ear is suspected. To help a child such as this the pre-school may have sign posted the parent to the health visitor, who may then see the child in the home/setting or both (depending on what she observes) who then recommends a SALT, who then feels another professional is needed for development progress i.e. area senco/senco, education pyschologist etc A meeting may be called where some or all (including the parents ) to see how best a child can be helped. targets are written up, agreed timetables on how long a child will be monitored/assessed and when professionals next meet up to see if all is going to plan or whether different/more/ less help is needed.
Working together everyone knows what is going on, what is or isn't working and what needs to be done next.
1.3 – The external agencies we use are;
Our local council early years team – They come to view our setting regularly to give us their views and ideas on how we can improve the setting to best cater for the children. They also observe the children to see if they feel there is anyone who may need extra help. They refer parents to us who cannot afford childcare and we can offer free spces for 3 hours a day to ensure that these children are getting the same opportunities as those who are well off. Speech and language therapist – she comes in to help the children who may be having troubles with their communication skills. She will discuss the childrens development with us aswell as the parents Health visitors – health visitors may contact us for information on the children if they have any worries a we can contact them for the same reason 1.4 Common barriers for integrated working and multi- agency working are not everyone will agree on things and different professions may work in different ways and word things differently. People may have been trained in a different role to which they may find it difficult to be managed by a person with different skills. Some people may not be used to sharing their knowledge with others. Its important that each profession respect one another and that they value there knowledge and expertise by doing this it will make better multi-agencies working together.
Make sure they have clear aims, roles and responsibilities and timetables that have been agreed between the different agencies also that...