Multi-Agency Working

Task C

6.1.1 Explain why Multi-Agency/Integrated working are important
Multi-Agency Working is different services, agencies, teams of professionals and other practitioners working together to provide the services that meet the needs of children, their parents or carers.   These can include health visitors, educational psychologists, colleagues from other early years settings, social workers and parents or carers.
Integrated Working is when all these professionals supporting children work together effectively to put the child at the centre, meet their needs and improve their lives all under one roof.   Children’s centres and hospitals would be examples of this type of working.
The importance of Multi-agency and Integrated Working
Before multi-agency working become an acceptable practise, the parents of a child with special or additional needs would face many different appointments with several people, none of whom would have spoken to each other and all of whom who expect the parents to give a detailed account of their child’s disability.   Multi agency and integrated working is designed to stop this by bringing together these professionals with a range of skills and effective communication.   The idea is that we as professionals all work together to have a positive impact on a child’s health, development and learning.
This approach is also a very important part of the government framework of Every Child Matters which states that we should be working together to achieve the best possible outcomes for children in our care.
The EYFS states that different professionals working together will help to improve outcomes for children both in their learning and development.   Records should be shared or that observations of a child by a professional may contribute to further assessment.

6.1.2 Analyse whether or not “Sure Start” centres have been successful and whether multi-agency working has been successful.
The aim for these centres is to improve outcomes for all...