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What are the benefits of multi-agency working for children and families? 

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Multi-agency working provides benefits for children, young people and families because they receive tailor-made support in the most efficient way.

Multi-agency working provides benefits for children, young people and families because they receive tailor-made support in the most efficient way.
The benefits of this include:

  • early identification of any issues and intervention
  • easier or quicker access to services or expertise
  • improved achievement in education and better engagement in education
  • better support for parents
  • children, young people and family’s needs addressed more appropriately
  • better quality services
  • reduced need for longer-term or more specialist services.

How would small organisations contribute to multi-agency working?

We all share the responsibility to safeguard children and protect them from harm.  If you have any concerns for any of the children and young people you come into contact with, that they may be at risk of harm or experiencing any form of abuse, then it is your responsibility to follow your child protection procedures within your organisation and ensure the relevant safeguarding referral is made to your Local Authority or via the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000

However, your support to children and their families does not stop there.  Those children and young people may well have a number of organisations working with them and their families to improve their situations and yet it is likely to be your group that provides a place of safety for the child.  In this case, it is important to share information with other agencies for the purpose of continuing to safeguard children from harm as you will often know a great deal about them. 

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