CYPCore36-1.1 Explain the importance of multi-agency working and integrated working Multi-agency helps to meet the needs of children, their parents or carers, different services, agencies, teams of professionals and other practitioners will work together to provide the services that a child or their family may need. Multi-agency working could involve anyone whose job or voluntary work puts them in contact with children, young people and their families. It is likely to include people from professional backgrounds including social work, health, education, Early Years, youth work, police and youth justice. Because children, young people and family’s needs can be very different, the composition of a multi-agency team will differ from case to case. It is important each practitioner brings with them their own specialist skills, expertise and insight so that the child, young person and family gets the best support possible. Benefits
Multi-agency working provides benefits for children, young people and families because they receive tailor-made support in the most efficient way. The benefits of this include: * early identification and intervention
* easier or quicker access to services or expertise
* 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
* reduced need for more specialist services
CYPCore36-1.2 Analyse how integrated working practices and multi-agency working in partnership deliver better outcomes for children and young people 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. I have been to meetings such as these and sometimes they work/go very smoothly with the child progressing, sometimes things don't 'move' at all and the multi-agency group have to see why, sometimes then, different methods are used, sometimes different professionals are called in, sometimes a CAF is called for.
This is just a generalisation, but hopefully you can see how coming together and sharing information can help a child. Parents are always included, but sometimes they aren't aware/perhaps don't want to share every piece of information and this can hamper professionals who are trying to help their child. CYPCore36-1.3 Describe the functions of external agencies with whom your work setting or service interacts There are many external agencies available to early year’s settings. Below are some of the agencies my...
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