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Multi-agency Working in the Early Years

Multi-agency Working in the Early Years
Challenges and Opportunities

January 2010 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What does working in partnership look like in practice?

Getting multi-agency working right is an exciting but challenging goal in early years care and education; this book suggests ways to draw together the different professional ideas, methods, and targets.

Enhancing the delivery of services to children, parents, and communities is essential if we are to address the detrimental effects of poverty and exclusion. Looking at the Birth to 8 age range, and drawing on interviews with Children's Centre leaders, the book considers:

  • The benefits, and complexities, of multi-agency working
  • What enables, and impedes, good practice
  • Examples of successful multi-agency working
  • Leadership and management in multi-agency settings
  • What the 'new professionals' look like

Suitable for all early years practitioners working in, or organizing, multi-agency practice at any level, this book is also relevant to all those working in children's services and to students of early childhood.

What Is Partnership Working, Where Did It Come From and Why Is It Important?
The Models and Principles that Form the Basis of Partnership Working in Practice
Developments in Partnership Working
Partnership Working in Practice
Why Partnership Working Matters
Leadership and Management Issues in Multi-Agency Settings
The 'New Professionals'

'We are living through an historic time of change in the delivery of children's and family services in England. At the heart of this change is a cultural and professional shift towards multi-agency working which encourages all professionals to work in partnership and integrate their services around the needs of the child and the family. The challenges of this new way of working are enormous and this timely, informed and extremely accessible book will support all lead professionals in developing the effectiveness of their multi-agency working. It will also challenge their thinking and understanding about how a multi-agency approach might deliver enhanced outcomes for every child and family. This book will be an invaluable support for all those concerned to make multi-agency working work!' - Professor Christine Pascal, Director of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood and President of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA)

'Focusing on the birth to eight-years-old age range, the book considers what enables and impedes good practice, and provides a good number of examples of multi-agency working, leadership and management in action' - Early Years Educator

The book makes an interesting and thought-provoking read.

Jane Payler
University of Winchester

A useful and knowledgable reference that supported many assignments. A useful tool to have.

Mrs Emma Ruth Bleasdale
Education, New College Pontefract
June 26, 2023

Excellent book on multi agency working in the early years. Cleary explains what multi agency working is and students found this books to be very accessible.

Mrs Caroline Ann Larmour
University of Cumbria, University of Cumbria
August 27, 2015

Excellent coverage of the issues facing IAW in the early years.

Dr Shaista Shirazi
Interdiscipline , University of Glasgow
October 7, 2015

This book was extremely useful for the assignment, promoting positive relationships. It contained the information needed to support the section of the assignment connected with multi agency working. It also enabled students to research areas of multi agency working that they have not experienced within the workplace.

Miss Lisa Holland
Education , Tameside College
June 1, 2015

very imformative read

Mrs Kerry Clayton
Childcare, The Maltings College
March 24, 2015

excellent book well written for learners to understand

Mrs Kerry Clayton
Childcare, The Maltings College
March 24, 2015

Students totally bought into this book. They have just finished their practical case conference and their reflective log. The majority of students cited this text.

Mrs Nikki Southgate
February 18, 2015

Within this book I particularly liked the chapter on developments within partnership working and the reason for this is because it didn't just focus on England it looked at perspectives from around the world.
The reflective points are also very beneficial within this book as that allows you time to think about practice and put things identifed in the book in to perspective.

Miss Natalie Gibson
School of Education, Blackburn College
October 9, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

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