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Effective Multi-Agency Partnerships
Putting Every Child Matters into Practice

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March 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

 

An excellent book which is definitely an essential read for all those who are covering multi agency partnerships.

Mrs MINE TANA
HESC Office, Barnet College
September 9, 2013

good clear reading nice range of activities excellent for module on partnership working

Mrs Margaret Gough
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Coventry University
July 22, 2013

A good support publication, especially if the practitioner is part of the CAF process.

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
February 6, 2013

Thts has been a useful book to guide discussion, and helps engage with the process of working with children as the centre

Ms Jill Harrison
Education, University of Greenwich
November 21, 2012

A very well organised book, which links theory and practice seamlessly. As a result, it provides clear guidance to students studying multi-agency working within children's services.

Mr Alex Witts
Education , East Riding College
October 2, 2012

Interesting but not what I was needing - sorry. I wanted something more Youth work focused. I have apssed on to my colleague in Early Years.

Miss Isabelle King
WFD, national Council of Voluntary Youth Services
August 17, 2012

Students commented on the clear, straight forward text. Some students said they would use some of the resources in their practice and would refer to some of the issues discussed in their role as practitioners as well as a student. Therefore they felt it was worth purchasing.

Mrs Jackie Braithwaite
ECBS, Macclesfield College
May 14, 2012

I found the downloadable materials in this book to be excellent. It is a great book particularly for tutors, and as such I have recommeded it to my colleagues working in the Health care and Early years department of the college

Mrs Gwyneth Walsham
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
April 21, 2012

really helpful resource

Mr Jackie Musgrave
Education Department, Solihull College
February 27, 2012

This is an essential text for the ‘working together’ module I am teaching. It has some fantastic activities in for the students to complete on multi-agency and partnership working.

Mr Sean Creaney
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
January 19, 2012

Rita Cheminais

Rita Cheminais is a leading expert in the fields of special educational needs (SEN), nationally and internationally. With a background as a teacher, a SEN Co-ordinator, an OFSTED inspector, a General, Senior and Principal Adviser in SEN and Inclusion, as a School Improvement Officer, and as a Freelance Education Consultant, Rita has thirty seven years of practical experience. She is a prolific writer and respected author of journal articles and books in the areas of SEN, inclusion, Every Child Matters, Pupil Voice, and Partnership Working with Families and Multi-agencies.  Rita speaks regularly at national ... More About Author

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