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What is multi-agency working and why is it so important? 

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Highlighting the importance of multi-agency working and information sharing in order to protect children and prevent them from harm.

The death of Victoria Climbie in February 2000 prompted a large and thorough review of UK child protection services led by Lord Laming.  This highlighted the importance of multi-agency working and information sharing in order to protect children and prevent them from harm.  As a result, a number of reforms came about as recommended in various publications and updated legislation.  Since the publication of the ‘Green Paper: Every Child Matters’ (Sept 2003), organisations, both paid and unpaid, are joining together to work more cooperatively towards a preventative and early intervention agenda.

Working alongside other agencies is extremely effective for improving outcomes for children due to the cross cutting themes that organisations are able to come together over.  It’s by coming together to share information and raising concerns that we can increase the likelihood of protecting children from harm and promoting their welfare so that fewer children have to face the terrible circumstances of Victoria Climbie.

The Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010) document highlights that we all share in the responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  One of the most significant ways in which organisations are coming together to do this is through the development of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and voluntary organisations play a key role in these forums.

Voluntary and community sector organisations are often the ones who work very closely with families and may be the most important service to a child and their family but this might not always be known to other agencies needing to support those families.

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