Working together for the benefit of children and young people 1. 1 Explain the importance of multi agency working and integrated working ————————————————- As an early years setting I have a responsibility to help the children in my care achieve the 5 outcomes of the UK Governments Every Child Matters (ECM) – Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy & Achieve, Make a positive contribution and Achieve economic well-being.
Whilst we as practitioners do everything we can to achieve this it is important that we contact and utilise other professionals if needed 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. 1. 2 Analyse how integrated working practices and multi agency working in partnership deliver better outcomes for children and young people ————————————————-
Although I have never personally had to contact multi agency’s for the children in my setting it is very important to deliver better outcomes for children this is done through early identification, intervention and observing/assessment of development stages. Outcomes are also better for the children if practitioners work together for example if a child attends two settings , the child may find this unsettling and make them confused it could be an idea for the two setting to share information but also take in to account the permission from parents / carers and how important confidentiality is. . 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. As I said in 1. 2 I’ve never really had to deal with outside agencies however below are some of the agencies my setting may interact with: OFSTED – Inspect provision of care in the setting. They ensure me and any staff are up to date on training, we are providing a healthy and safe environment for children and following the EYFS.
Ofsted provide support and advice for staff and the setting itself. POLICE– In cases of emergency the police will provide help and support. They will be contacted if a problem arose such as child missing, breaking an entry, suspicious persons and they may also be a point of contact if there is a suspected case of abuse or violence. NHS & HEALTH SERVICES– Provides us with up to date information about any illnesses and medical outbreaks such as measles etc. They are there for information, help and support.
HEALTH CARE PROFFESIONS – Where a child has a developmental need, we often work with a range of health professionals such as speech and language therapists, child psychologist etc. Their function is to provide information and advice using different methods to help the child overcome or improve a difficulty. 1. 4 Explain common barriers to integrated working and multi agency working and how these can be overcome ————————————————-
Common barriers for integrated working and multi- agency working would be that not everyone will agree on things and different professions may work in different ways and word things differently. People may have been trained in a different role to which they may find it difficult to be managed by a person with different skills. Some people may not be used to sharing their knowledge with others. It’s important that each profession respect one another and that they value there knowledge and expertise by doing this it will make better multi-agencies working together.
Make sure they have clear aims, roles and responsibilities and timetables that have been agreed between the different agencies also that good communication and information sharing is carried out. ————————————————- 1. 5 Explain how and why referrals are made between agencies As a professional living in Medway, if I would like to refer a child to any multi agency I would decide i. e. the child is at immediate risk or if the child just has a need. If I was referring a child at immediate risk I would phone the 24 hour emergency line for Customer First Adult and Children’s
Team in Medway and then follow advice given or either complete the online referral form or print off a copy of the referral form and fax the completed form to the same number. If I was referring a child in need of support I would print off a referral form and either fax or post this to the department. Early intervention teams are part of the multiagency panel which helps make referrals easier by providing advice, support and training and also liaises with everyone involved parents careers, childcare practitioners and other professional agencies involved. ———————————————— 1. 6 Explain the assessment frameworks that are used in own UK Home Nation ————————————————- The main assessment frame work to do with multi-agencies is CAF, this stands for common assessment framework, the purpose of the CAF links to the specific multi-agency working through its identification of needs, the matching of those needs to the services provided by any number of agencies/organisations and it also has the ability to share the same/standardised information between appropriate agencies.
This is done by identifying the details of the individual child and a documented recording of the Childs learning development, poverty, health & safety. Some areas use a pre-caf to determine if the CAF is appropriate or not. 3. 3 Analyse the potential tension between maintaining confidentiality with the need to disclose information: ————————————————- ?? where abuse of a child or young person is suspected ————————————————- It is important as a practitioner to always disclose information if the child in question may be or is in danger.
It is very important when dealing with such cases you do not promise not to tell anyone, record all information accurately including time/dates. Insure I share the sensitive information in a confidential place i. e. not the school playground. Although this does break the confidentiality it is better to report something and nothing come of it, to leave it and put a child in more danger. ————————————————- ————————————————- ?? when it is suspected that a crime has been/may be committed ————————————————-
When it is suspected that a crime has been or may have been committed, it is important to first define what crime is. Crime can cover anything from DVD piracy and benefit fraud to involvement with drugs or prostitution, theft, burglary or robbery or even general violence and murder. When working in a childcare setting, building up trust with a family is of paramount importance. Without this trust, the child and his/her family is not going to be willing to share information which may potentially make a huge positive difference to their lives.
Bearing this mind, it is generally advised that a turning a blind eye to crime may be for the best, unless it is affecting the emotional or physical well-being of the child or young person. If however the problem is that child has committed a crime, be it shop-lifting, theft, drugs or violence, this then becomes a child protection issue as one minor crime may lead on to a more serious one, introducing the child or young person to dangerous people. Questions also need to be asked about whether the child’s parents are aware of these activities, and if not, the issue may be one of neglect.