Such agencies may include the kindergarten/preschool practitioners, staff working in children centres and junior schools, teachers, medical workers, social workers, and minders of children among many other child practitioners. All the afore mentioned groups of people working with children have some information that they can share with each other about how they can improve the conditions of children given that working with the children has given them some experience and insights into the improvement of children's wellbeing. The performance of the initiatives would also mean that participants recognize the role of parents and guardians as the primary educators of the children and as people who understand the children keenly. Hence, a multi-agency approach to early childhood studies can be an effective tool in taking care of a myriad of the needs of the children.
A multi-agency approach in early childhood studies is a system that integrates the contribution of different stakeholders each playing a role in the development of the children in finding and attempting to overcome the factors that downplay the wellbeing of the children. This approach is designed to offer results of improved learning and development for the children. The collaborative effort calls for cohesion of the organizations/ agencies delving in the initiative for the sake of ensuring that the initiative succeeds.
The government has pinpointed the major stakeholders for the role of development of the children as the social services department; the health department as well as the national service framework, among other agencies. Four premises that resonate around provision of children's needs are identified in Every Child Matters. They include: integration of families and caretakers into the intervention; protection of the children through involvement to prevent them from falling victims of predicaments; catering for the problems of poor accountability and poor agencies' collaboration- these two problems were identified in the report conducted by Victoria Climbie; and recognizing, training and valuing the people who care for and deal with children (Every Child Matters 2003p3). Some policies on children's services have been reconstructed from the four above named premises.
Multi-agency collaboration in catering for the needs of children takes place in different levels e.g. through a coordinated effort, or through a unified approach. It has its challenges as this paper will discuss. These challenges emanate from the amalgamation of various agencies that hold different values and which utilize different approaches to provision of the needs of children, into a single initiative meant to reach the attainment of a common goal. At the same time, the different agencies working together may undertake different roles in the actual practice of studying the problems associated with children.
Problems associated with multi-agency working
Problems associated with finances
Pooling of financial resources has always been considered strength of multi-agency work