Unit 12 – Understand Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young People

Outcome 1

  1. Working in partnership with others is important when working with young people and children as there are a number of people who share responsibility for them in my workplace. This shared responsibility means that we need to have an effective working relationship that shares all duties and information relating to the children to ensure that they are given the best provision.

  2. In my workplace, my relevant partners would be the class teacher and the nursery nurse. These are the people who share responsibility for the children with me. In addition to this, the children’s parents and carers may be considered as partners as we need to have a healthy dialect with them to share relevant information from the classroom and home environment.

  3. The characteristics of effective partnership working are:

  * Effective verbal communication – This needs to be both between work colleagues internally and with parents and carers externally.
  * Clear designation of duties – All staff members should be fully aware of their duties and responsibilities.

  4. There are a number of barriers to partnership working. These include inadequate communication between work colleagues internally and with parents and carers, unwillingness to participate from parents and carers, and also colleagues not carrying out their duties correctly.

Outcome 2

  1. Clear and effective communication between partners is required because the responsibility for the safety and security of the children is shared between all adults in the workplace. This means that they all need to practice effective communication to ensure that this safety and security is met.
  2. There are a number of policies and procedures in the work setting that relate to sharing of information. These include the data protection act, safeguarding and Every Child Matters.

  3. The areas where there may be...