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Effective Multi-Agency Partnerships

Effective Multi-Agency Partnerships
Putting Every Child Matters into Practice

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April 2009 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"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 Benefits and Challenges of Collaborative Multi-Agency Working
How to Operate and Manage Productive Multi-Agency Partnership Working
Developing Effective Team Around the Child Partnership Working
The Features of Good Practice in Multi-Agency Partnership Working
Evaluating the Impact and Outcomes of Multi-Agency Partnership Working
Downloadable Material Contents
Chapter 1
Figure 1.2 Checklist for developing effective multi-agency partnership working

Table 1.3 Joint inter-professional visioning and development activity

Table 1.4 Common core of skills and knowledge for multi-agency working

Table 1.6 Professional Standards for Teachers and multi-professional knowledge

Table 1.7 National Occupational Standards for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools - Working with Colleagues

Chapter 2
Figure 2.1 SWOT analysis for multi-agency partnership working

Figure 2.2 Force field analysis framework for multi-agency partnership working

Figure 2.3 Diamond ranking template

Figure 2.4 Checklist for building the multi-agency team

Table 2.1 Benefits practitioners bring to multi-agency team working

Table 2.2 Nine diamonds inter-professional multi-agency activity

Table 2.3 Personal profile for multi-agency practitioners

Table 2.4 External service/agency information sheet

Chapter 3
Figure 3.1 Checklist for operating a multi-agency tam in an educational setting

Figure 3.2 Checklist for managing change for multi-agency collaboration

Task 1: Changing practice

Task 2: What helps to effect change?

Task 3: Managing change in the multi-agency team

Table 3.4 Multi-agency benchmark self-assessment

Figure 3.5 Model Partnership Commitment Agreement

Table 3.5 Skills and Knowledge Audit for multi-agency partnership working

Table 3.6 Collaborative working survey

Chapter 4
Figure 4.1 Team around the Child pupil-friendly plan

Figure 4.2 Team around the Child Questionnaire

Figure 4.4 Checklist for confidentiality and information sharing

TAC Development Task (p.75)

Chapter 5
Table 5.1 Summary of effective multi-agency practice strategies

Group Practical Task (p.82)

Table 5.2a Template for sharing good practice in multi-agency working

Table5.2b Multi-agency good practice template

Chapter 6
Table 6.1 Every Child Matters Outcomes

Table 6.2 National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services

Table 6.4 Mapping and evaluating the impact of multi-agency provision

Table 6.5 Evaluating the five ECM outcomes in a children's centre

Table 6.6 Evaluating partnership working in a children's centre

Table 6.7 Exemplar of an extended school evaluation profile on external partner agencies collaborative working

Figure 6.5Checklist for monitoring and evaluating multi-agency provision

Table 6.8 Evaluating the effectiveness of a multi-agency partnership

Table 6.9 Evaluating multi-agency partnership commitment and contributions


Excellent book with up to date theories and models which mapped across to our Assessed Learning outcomes

Mrs Laetitia Mayne
Education, Duchy College (Cornwall College Group)
November 21, 2019

A very easy to follow book with great amount of information relevant to teaching safeguarding and children in care.

Mrs Deborah Tatton
Social Work , Newcastle-under-Lyme College
September 25, 2016

A useful source for those studying modules which explore the issues of integrated and multi agency working.

HESC Office, Barnet College
September 4, 2016

A interesting book which explores the concept of multi agency working under 'old' the Every Child Matters agenda. However caution is advised when acknowledging the ECM outcomes as the terminology for this agenda was changed when the old coalition government came into power in 2010.

HESC Office, Barnet College
July 6, 2015

Very easy to read and the students think it is clear and informative.

Mrs Emma Constantine
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
May 1, 2015

A good companion book for the strategy module.

Mr Andrew Faulkner
Business, South Devon College
April 1, 2015

Still useful book with practical helps for teaching about collaborative working.

Mrs Nicola Stobbs
Institute of Education, Worcester Univ.
April 23, 2014

Although a little dated now much of the content is still very relevant and the rationale for integrated working is still current. Clearly set out to support student researching and effectively supported by downloadable materials. A lot of supportive material for students to use in practice and through experience this will support understanding. I would have liked to see more signposting to more academic sources but a useful starting point.

Mrs Janet Harvell
Centre for Early Childhood, Worcester Univ.
January 15, 2014

This is a useful book for lecture notes and preparation. However a large part of the book is linked to Every Child Matters which is the support for learning initiative used in England. In Scotland it is a different initiative and would be confusing for students.

Mrs Sue Fraser
School of Education, Social Work &, Dundee University
December 18, 2013

This book is effective for understanding team working and role of multiagency working in early years. The exercises discussed are very good and helpful for understanding the concept of multiagency working.

Mrs Jeenal Desai
Humanities and Education, Doncaster University Centre
November 21, 2013

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