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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 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

Excellent guide for students on placement trying to integrate knowledge and theory to the organisational and partnership contexts

Mrs Marie Ramsden
Department of Social Work, Hull University
November 8, 2011

This is a clearly organised book which is easy to navigate. There is some useful material for practical application in schools.

Mrs Alison Flint
School of , Northampton University
September 1, 2011

Good read, practicial and useful resources to assist delivery.

Ms Yvette Summers
Youth Studies, Gloucestershire University
August 8, 2011

Very clearly written, very practical, with a wide variety of stimulus tasks to prompt learner thinking about effective partnership working. Brilliant!

Mr Martin Harmer
Social Sciences & Law, University of Teesside
February 9, 2011

Very useful text

Mr Michael Marriott
Dept. Family Care and Mental Health, Greenwich University
November 19, 2010

Very useful text with accompanying resources

Ms Jane Melvin
Continuing Professional Development, Brighton University
September 14, 2010

This is an extremely accessible and useful book to support key SENCO required learning outcomes around understanding the principles of ECM and the issue of multi-agency partnerships.
It is practical and yet thought provoking and is therefore a useful text at the start of the course.

Mrs Alison Ekins
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
August 15, 2010

An easy to read text incorporating activities that can be used to encourage discussion and debate.
Content is relevant and supports exploration of current issues within children's services

Mrs Sharon Towse
Centre for Educational Studies, University of Hull
July 21, 2010

Encourages linking theory to practice. With some useful resources included.

Mrs Su Steed
Education and Professsional Development, Doncaster University Centre
March 30, 2010

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