Unit 29 Working Together for the Benefit of Children and Young People

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OUTCOME 1 Understand integrated and multi agency working 29.1.1- Multi-agency working is a mixture of different services that have the aim to provide the best for children and their carers who are in need. The people involved to support a child’s needs could be a social worker, play specialist, early year’s practitioners, educational psychologists, health workers and any person with the ability to step in and help a child when their development is being affected. Early years settings are more of an integrated working because they offer different services within the setting, rather than external services which is multi-agency. England’s government framework, Every Child Matters, lists five outcomes that reinforce the importance of working together to achieve the best outcomes for children. The Early Years Framework also believes that when professionals work together the results are better. This is because a professional such as speech therapist can contribute a qualified understanding of a child’s difficulties, which can then be passed onto the child’s key worker to highlight what are the child’s needs and what can be done to concentrate on improving on difficulties. In the mean time, if all the people involved in a child’s life are aware of what that child needs, then development can move faster as the focus is directed on what needs to be done. However if there was not the sense of team work, then one individual may struggle to make the same contributions to the child’s needs and lack the time needed to support he child. The importance of multi-agency working is that it provides a tailored service of exactly the right professionals giving an educated support. This is particularly beneficial as every child is different, and so are their needs, this means the variety of persons that can be involved will be specific to match the needs. For example one child
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