The Challenges Involved In Multi Agency Approach Of Safeguarding Children

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The challenges involved in multi-agency approach of safeguarding childrenWithin this essay, the several challenges involved in the services protecting and safeguarding children will be explored. Furthermore, a critical analysis of multi-agency collaboration will be explored, highlighting the negative effects.To begin, a definition of what safeguarding is and a brief description of what multi-agencies are and what they aim to achieve, then the challenges and benefits of multi-agency work will be described. Critical aspects of multi-agency collaboration will be identified, and why services work together and how these services work together to safeguard children. Also the importance of referring to policies and legislations, local and nationally, will be looked at when protecting vulnerable children and their familiesFurthermore, by looking into different inquiries into child abuse and bereavement, major failings and complexities in multi-agency work can be critically analysed and the weaknesses of different services' shared responsibilities. For example, social services, health and education and the police department.Statistics in relation to child abuse will be highlighted and discussed in relation to relevant literature. Another aspect to be looked at will be intervention, and emphasising the importance that professionals recognise the signs of child abuse. Moreover, the difficulties and the barriers of intervention will be discussed. In addition, some of the services available and services that are involved in safeguarding children and promoting welfare will be briefly highlighted."The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care which is undertaken so as to enable children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully."(DfES 2005, p11)Above is a definition from the Department of Education and Skills (DfES, 2005), according to Cleaver et al (2009), "safeguarding is the responsibility of all those working, or in contact, with children." Moreover, Cleaver et al (2009) continues by explaining that The Children Acts (1989 & 2004) places an obligation on local authorities to promote welfare and safeguard children in need in their specific area.According to Gasper (2010) the key agencies involved in education partnerships and early years care are; social services, community work, education, housing etc. therefore, it is important to have a flexible knowledge and understanding of a variety of definitions of multi-agency work and essential roles they serve, to protect and safeguard children. The multi-agency approach is an extremely complex and can be very challenging to understand, but has many potential benefits in regards to safeguarding children.The key use of multi-agency work is the decision making for safeguarding children, although there can often be a lack...

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