Integrated And Collaborative Working Within Childhood Practice

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Why the need for integrated and collaborative working within childhood practice.
Outcome 1
Integrated working is achieved through effective collaboration and co-ordination across all services and sectors including voluntary who work with children, young people and their families. These sectors could be housing, police, health, child-minders, community groups or early year’s workers. The above services are a fundamental role for both children, families and carers who may need the support of these agencies .Multi- agency Collaboration is crucial in partnership working, to support better outcomes for children and their families. Integrated working brings many benefits to delivering a more improved service by:
* Building a stronger way of sharing information
*Holistic approach to whole child
*Sharing expertise, knowledge and skills
This is vital for early identification and intervention and a core element to safeguarding and protecting children who are vulnerable, at risk including those who have a disability or additional support needs in line with the Equality Act (2010)
There are also many barriers that can occur when these different agencies come together:
*Lack of communication
*Not respecting other professional’s roles and duties
*Not adhering or following policies and procedures
It has been debated that children and families have received poor service because of the failure of professionals in understanding each other’s roles or working together in a multi-disciplinary

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