Multi agency working is the different services working together to meet the needs of young children and their parents / carers, whereas integrated working is the different services coming together to offer more effective care for young children.
Professionals who may work together to support young children would be educational psychologists, health visitors, speech and language therapists, colleagues from other early years settings, social workers, advisors / mentors, parents / carers etc.
The importance of these two ways of working is children in their early years will have a range of needs, and that the way everyone works together can have a huge impact on the health, development and learning of a child. Many nurseries and extended schools are responding to the wider needs of young children and their families. Part of the Governments framework in England is the holistic approach which is known as Every Child Matters (ECM) which comprises of five outcomes
Make a positive contribution
Enjoy and achieve and
Achieve economic well-being
With everyone working together to achieve the best possible outcome for the children in their care.
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People have been trained to do a role, but may find themselves managed by a person who has different skills and expertise such as in a children’s centre. People behave differently in the way in which they deal with risks and have different priorities in their work with children. Each profession may have their own language / terms they use that are only recognised by their profession. People may not be used to sharing their knowledge with others. Some people may feel upset to have to widen their working practice and find new ways of working, when they have chosen a specific profession to go