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Effective Multi-Agency Partnerships

Effective Multi-Agency Partnerships
Putting Every Child Matters into Practice

First Edition
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March 2009 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

With downloadable electronic resources

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.

The following are provided:

- useful checklists;

- examples of best practice in multi-agency working;

- a range of activities to support team building;

- reflective questions, to facilitate training and improvement;

- practical tools for evaluating the impact of multi-agency working;

- photocopiable 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 Remodelling 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


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

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

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

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