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Inter-professional Practice and Safeguarding Children

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20042188 CYCC52 Inter-professional Practice and Safeguarding Children CYCC52 Inter-professional Practice and Safeguarding Children Different professional groups may each have their own priorities when it comes to safeguarding children. Giving examples of these, discuss whether it is possible for professionals to work together with the interests of the child to the fore. Essay: 60% of module mark, 2500 words, learning outcomes 1 & 3. First and foremost during this essay I will examine what inter-professional practice is and where it has come from. Furthermore I will analyse the different ways in which the agencies that I work alongside work together to help safeguard children and young people. I will discuss the priorities that they may have using examples which I have been involved in within my setting. I will then discuss whether it is possible to work solely child centred when it comes to safeguarding and analyse the difficulties we may come across while attempting this, mainly focussing on budget restraints and how they affect the young people we provide a service for. I will briefly divulge into the tragedies of both Victoria Climbie and ?Baby P? discussing why inter-professional practice was not successful. And finally I will discuss ways in which I believe inter professional practice could be improved across the board by introducing reviewing meetings for all small incidents within a safeguarding bracket. ...read more.

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It is obvious to note that one of the main priorities throughout all of the services for children that may affect a child centred approach is finance and budget. Many of the decisions that are made about young people are also based on budgets. For example a young person placed in care within my setting; he has a heavy history of trauma relating to bereavement and subsequently has behavioural issues. He has been with us for a year now and we feel he is at the right stage of development to start planned therapy around some of his issues. Throughout all of his placement and planning meetings it has been recommended that he has bereavement counselling and attends some form of anger management. This month he was due to begin counselling, we have spent two months liaising with a psychotherapist and developing a plan suited to his needs. This month I sent an email to his social worker outlining the details of the proposed first session and asking for the final decision as to whether it could be started on time. I received an email back that day, unfortunately the email said that due to financial reasons she did not feel it would be worth beginning therapy as there were now plans to move the young person into foster care and that any relationship which he developed with the therapist would be lost if he was moved out of the area. ...read more.

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Each agency should be able to give advice and guidance to one another in order to improve the service provided as a whole or as a team. For this to work each service provider would need to have an understanding of each other?s role and procedures and have respect for the job each one provides. Barrett and Keeping have explored a range of factors: ?that are likely to enable and encourage different professions to work collaboratively? (Barrett and Keeping, 2005: 18) These include: Knowledge of other professional roles, a high level of motivation and willing participation, confidence in one?s own role and responsibilities, open communication, trust and mutual respect, equality in terms of power, and finally reflection and supervision. If these key elements are portrayed then these reviews could be utilized across the board to improve practice. In Summary I can conclude that inter-professional practice is a difficult subject to completely reform but I do believe it could easily be improved to create a much more child centred approach. With a less judgemental approach to failures and more open attitude to criticism we could create a culture of learning and improvement throughout all services involved in safeguarding. All agencies involved within inter-professional practice should keep in mind that the child is the fore throughout the whole process. The main problem to this however is media portrayal. This in my opinion will never relent but should be used as extra motivation that we must get it right this time. ...read more.

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This essay demonstrates a good understanding of the factors which impact upon inter-professional working. Various professionals involved with working with children and young people are identified, as are the challenges to effective cross-agency working. The need for a review after each serious incident is mentioned- consider also the function of Serious Case Reviews ? Why do the differing priorities cause problems? Try not to use bullet points in academic work and be careful of grammar and punctuation. Otherwise a very good piece of work with room for slight improvement.

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