“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 Benefits and Challenges of Collaborative Multi-Agency Working

The benefits and challenges of collaborative multi-agency working

This Chapter Describes

  • The latest research findings on how schools are implementing ECM and engaging collaboratively with other services and agencies
  • The benefits of multi-agency partnership working within educational settings
  • The challenges faced by educational settings in establishing and developing multi-agency partnership working
  • Positive ways forward in meeting the challenges and building the multi-agency team

This chapter is suitable for those who are researching multi-agency working.

Recent Research into Every Child Matters and Multi-Agency Working

Engagement in Every Child Matters is necessary because the intrinsic links between the educational setting, services, agencies and the community help to improve the educational achievement, the health and the social choices of children, young people and their families. The government continues ...

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