Multi-agency Working in the Early Years: Challenges and Opportunities

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SAGE, Dec 15, 2009 - Education - 176 pages
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What does working in partnership look like in practice?

Getting multi-agency working right is an exciting but challenging goal in early years care and education; this book suggests ways to draw together the different professional ideas, methods and targets.

Enhancing the delivery of services to children, parents and communities is essential if we are to address the detrimental effects of poverty and exclusion. Looking at the Birth to 8 age range and drawing on interviews with Children's Centre leaders, the book considers:

- the benefits, and complexities, of multi-agency working;

- what enables, and impedes, good practice;

- examples of successful multi-agency working;

- what the 'new professionals' look like;

- international perspectives.

Suitable for all pre-school and early years practitioners working in, or organizing, multi-agency practice at any level, this book is relevant to all those working in Children's Services and useful for anyone studying early childhood or multi-agency working in practice.

Michael Gasper is an educational consultant and researcher. He has over 30 years of experience in early years education and research, including roles as a mentor, assessor and tutor on the National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL).

 

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Contents

1 What is partnership working where did it come from and why is it important?
1
2 The models and principles that form the basis of partnership working in practice
20
3 Developments in partnership working
39
4 Partnership working in practice
55
5 Why partnership working matters
74
6 Leadership and management issues in multiagency settings
92
7 The new professionals
110
Conclusion
127
Useful websites and organisations
131
Glossary
137
References
139
Index
145
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