Working Together for the Benefit of Children and Young People

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UNIT 4 Working Together For the Benefit of Children and Young People 1a – Explain the importance of multi-agency working and integrated working

Multi-agency working is a cocktail of services that have the collective aim to provide the best for children and their carers who are in need. The people involved to support a child’s needs could be a social worker, play specialist, early years practitioners, educational psychologists, health workers and any person with the ability to step in and help a child when their development is being hindered. Early years settings are more of an integrated working because they offer a cocktail of services within the setting, rather than external services which is multi-agency. England’s government framework, Every Child Matters, lists five outcomes that reinforce the importance of working together to achieve the best outcome s for children. The Early Years Framework also states that when professionals work together the results are better. This is because a professional such as speech therapist can contribute a qualified understanding of a child’s difficulties, which can then be passed onto the child’s key worker to highlight what is the child’s needs and what can be done to concentrate on improving on difficulties. Essentially, if all the people involved in a child’s life are aware of what that child needs, then development can move faster as the focus is directed on what needs to be done. However if there was not the sense of team work, then one individual may struggle to make the same contributions to the child’s needs and lack the time needed to support he child. The importance of multi-agency working is that is provides a tailored service of exactly the right professionals giving an educated support. This is particularly beneficial as every child is different, and so are their needs, this means the variety of persons that can be involved will be specific to match the needs. For example one child may needs support with...
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