“This is a detailed and comprehensive account of multi-agency work which will be a must read for those involved in implementing the Every Child Matters agenda. Both the text and the layout are easy to access and understand. The introduction outlines a high expectation, which is achieved. Each chapter begins by setting out its intended audience and ends with a short clear summary, questions to provoke further deliberation and a list of resources and information. Rita Cheminais has successfully combined essential information, theoretical background and practical applications in this thorough study of multi-agency work. She achieves the intention of her title, and shows you how to put multi-agency work into practice.” – Jean Salt, Past President of NASEN

Offering practical advice and guidance on how to establish and maintain effective multi-agency partnership working in your setting, this book will tell you how to meet the Every Child Matters outcomes for children and young people.

It clarifies the skills and knowledge required in order to form productive partnerships, and shows you how to set up and maintain good collaborative practice.

Key Features

Includes useful checklists and examples of best practice in multi-agency working; Presents a range of activities to support team building; Offers reflective questions, to facilitate training and improvement; Provides practical tools for evaluating the impact of multi-agency working; Includes reproducible materials to use with each chapter of the book

It is an invaluable resource for leaders and managers in any early years setting, Children's Centre, primary, secondary or special school or Pupil Referral Unit, and will support anyone responsible for coordinating and managing multi-agency partnership working.

Lecturers in higher education responsible for training members of the children's workforce will value this book, as well as Local Authority officers and Workforce Remodeling Advisers.

The Origin, Concept and Principles of Multi-Agency Partnership Working

The origin, concept and principles of multi-agency partnership working

This Chapter Explains

  • Where multi-agency partnership working originated from
  • The current terminology relating to multi-agency partnership working
  • The key principles of effective multi-agency partnership working in educational settings and children's centres
  • The skills and knowledge required by practitioners in the children's workforce for multi-agency working

This chapter is useful to those who work directly with children/young people.

The Origin of Multi-Agency Partnership Working

Multi-agency partnership working is not a new development. As early as the mid-nineteenth century, health and social services were working together to endeavour to reduce poverty in England. It wasn't really until the 1980s, during the Thatcher government years, that the foundations of multi-agency partnership working were laid. The Children Act 1989 ...

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