Integrated and Collaborative Working

Integrated and Collaborative Working

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Integrated & Collaborative Working
Val McKay
20th November 2012

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Integrated & Collaborative Working
Val McKay
20th November 2012

Within Childhood practice
Within Childhood practice

Integrated and Collaborative Working within Childhood Practice
Introduction
In this Essay I will discuss how integrated and collaborative working is a better approach in Childhood Practice than previous approaches which were fragmented. This fragmentation created a system where unnecessary cost and bureaucracy was incurred as agencies worked in isolation. This can lead to policies and procedures not being followed to the required standard expected within childcare practice. I will discuss the advantages and barriers to collaborative and integrated working and will identify how I believe this approach works well in my workplace.
Main Body
Integrated and Collaborative working within childhood practice is vital and it is imperative that all agencies are working together. This approach will prevent any loopholes or local arrangements developing and results in non-conformance with policies and procedures and leads to a disjointed system occurring which ultimately may result in Child poverty, Inequality, Social Exclusion, Educational Underachievement and Poor Health & Well Being.  
The Advantages of Collaborative working is that all staff implements a “Holistic Approach” with the child and families concerned to ensure that their needs are being met and enables adherence to the appropriate guidelines, policies and procedures from Inverclyde Council, Care Inspectorate and HIME. Another advantage to collaborative working is that parents develop closer relationships with the childcare provider and the other agencies during the stages of intervention, giving parents a greater understanding of their child’s development and next steps.
There are a number of barriers to...

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