Explain the importance of Multi-Agency working. Multi-agency is when a group of organisations comes in as a whole to go and help someone or a group of people such as a family. They will work closely with them to give each of them help they need. Multi-agencies can also mean “A range of different services which have some overlapping or shared interests and objectives, brought together to work collaboratively towards some common purpose” (Wigfield and Moss, 2001, p71). Multi-agency is important because it helps someone, a family or a school become more settled and they will be receiving the help that they need.
There are many multi-agencies that can give them that help including: Social workers, who are there for children when parents are ill or disabled, Home carers, who are there to help out with shopping and tidying, physiotherapists, who are there to help people struggling with limbs e. g. if a parent is struggling to walk because of their legs then a physiotherapist will go round to their house and help them to walk again as much as they can.
Every Child Matters also includes in multi-agency work, they are there to provide help and support to all children being referred to different agencies.
Every Child matters is also a Legislation and apart of the Common Assessment Framework. “The Green Paper Every Child Matters (DfES 2003) and the Children’s Act 2004 outlined a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) as a way of providing early intervention for children before they reach a crisis point.
” (Tassoni, 2010) Every Child Matters helps children up to 19 or 24 if they have a disability. It is also classed as a policy and situates with The Children’s Act 2004. Every Child Matters will work with any children, whatever their situation whether it’s a poor upbringing or their environment.
They have 5 aims for the children and they are: Be healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy and achieve, Make a positive contribution, Achieve economic wellbeing. 1. 2 Analyse how integrated working practises and multi-agency working in partnership deliver better outcomes for children and young people. Working well with other agencies in partnership will be beneficial for the children because they will think that people are there to help and be friendly to them and not just people that are nasty and abusive to them. The children will also benefit from the agencies working well as a team because they will have a better upbringing and a better looking future.
If the agencies don’t work well as a team because there are many rivalries and jealousies then the children definitely won’t benefit because they won’t be getting the support that’s needed and won’t be fitting the Every Child Matter’s 5 aims. If the following are all in place then effective multi-agencies work should follow: Different agencies will agree and discuss on different functions on how they will work. They will agree to tasks that have specific boundaries to keep and will keep them as best as they all can. Their communication will be well organised, established and clear to others.
Their relationships will be developed and friendlier so they can communicate easier. They won’t feel jealous and will have no rivalries between agencies. They will overcome the ignorance and learn to work with one another without being prejudice. Common goals will be met to an appropriate standard. They will use appropriate language so will not cause arguments when communicating. They will respect other agencies different skills and abilities. Will know what the arrangements are as they will be communicating more effectively. There are many benefits when it comes to Multi-Agency work.
Here are some examples: It co-ordinates the work of those involved. For example, when conducting Multi-Agency assessments of children and young people It can lead to a sharing of resources. It can lead to joint funding of products. This will help other agencies and all of the children as they will be working faster than usual. It should lead to better outcomes for children and young people as holistic (whole) needs are addressed. BibliographyTassoni, B. B. (2010). Children and Young Person’s Worforce Early Learning and Development. Essex: Heinemann.