Therapeutic Support Worker

CYP36 Working Together for the Benefit of Children and Young People

  1. Understand integrated and multi-agency working

      2.1 Explain the importance of multi-agency working and integrated working.
As an early years setting we have a responsibility to help the children in our care achieve the 5 outcomes of the UK Government Initiative Every Child Matters (ECM) – Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy & Achieve, Make a positive contribution and Achieve economic well-being.
Whilst we do everything we can to achieve this it is important that we contact and utilise other professionals to help us achieve these outcomes.
This is where multi-agency and integrated working comes in. By working together with different sectors, professionals and agencies we can help improve the outcomes for children in their development and learning, which is a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
One of the four principles of the EYFS is ‘A unique child’’ which states that ‘Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured’. We had a child attend our setting who had Special Educational Needs (SEN), the child was delayed in certain areas of their development such as speech and cognitive development by 12 - 18 months. This sometimes meant that the child, although physically capable, sometimes struggled to participate fully in the activities and quieter times such as story time. As we are an independent setting and not part of a children’s centre, which may have multi agency teams in the same building, we contacted an educational psychologist who was able to come in to the setting and observe the child and give us strategies and information to ensure that we were able to uphold ‘Inclusive practice’ which is a vital part of the EYFS. The child also had mild food/drink intolerances which we were able to understand and accommodate by communication via the parent with the child's medical specialist. Liaising with other...