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Mu 2.9 Understand partnership working in services for children and young peoples

1.1 Explain why working in partnership with others is important for children and young people

It is important to work in partnership with others because all agencies can share information and concerns to create a holistic view about children and young people in their care when any need arises, to help to keep the children safe from harm and promote their welfare, to diagnose a special need quickly in children and get the help that is needed to the child/family as soon as possible without confusing the child or their families. And as a pre-school setting it is good to know that you are not on your own if any concerns should arise about a child in the setting and that specialist help is available to all the children and young people if required.

1.2 Identify who relevant partners would be in own work setting

* Social worker
* Health visitor
* Teacher
* Parents
* Police
* Careers
* Speech therapist
* Other members of staff

1.3 Define the characteristics of effective partnership working

A partnership can be formed between a number of organisations, agencies or individuals with a shared interest. Most partnerships have a common reason for working together. They are often formed to target specific short- or long term issues. The characteristics of effective partnership working are as follows, Involve agencies working together for mutual benefit have an aim that is agreed and understood by all the partners Put the child and their family at the centre of the partnership have clear, effective leadership

1.4 Identify barriers to partnership working
* Incorrect information being supplied
* Incorrect knowledge being contributed
* Inconsistency between professionals

2.2 Identify policies and procedures in the work setting for information sharing

Every setting should have policies...
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