Multi-agency working brings together practitioners from different sectors and professions to provide an integrated way of working to support children, young people and families.

It is a way of working that ensures children and young people who need additional support have exactly the right professionals needed to support them.

Multi-agency working is a generic term and takes different forms locally. For example:

  • in a team around a particular child or family (TAC/TAF)
  • as a panel dealing with needs of individual children or families based on an area or establishment
  • where services work together within a single unit, either co-located or virtual.
  • regular meetings across services (e.g. once a month).

Multi-agency working could involve anyone whose job or voluntary work puts them in contact with children, young people and their families.

It is likely to include people from professional backgrounds including social work, health, education, Early Years, youth work, police and youth justice.

Because children, young people and family’s needs can be very different, the composition of a multi-agency team will differ from case to case.

It is important each practitioner brings with them their own specialist skills, expertise and insight so that the child, young person and family gets the best support possible.

Benefits

Multi-agency working provides benefits for children, young people and families because they receive tailor-made support in the most efficient way. The benefits of this include

  • early identification and intervention
  • easier or quicker access to services or expertise
  • improved achievement in education and better engagement in education
  • better support for parents
  • children, young people and family’s needs addressed more appropriately
  • better quality services
  • reduced need for more specialist services.