Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 2.2: Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
Learning outcome: Understand policies and procedures for the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
Assessment criteria: Analyse the benefits of partnership working in the context of safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
The benefits of partnership working in the context of safeguarding, protection and welfare of children in an Early Years setting are numerous.
Perhaps most importantly, partnering with other agencies and professionals allows for a more comprehensive and coordinated approach to safeguarding and protecting children. By sharing information and resources, all parties involved can be better informed and can more effectively address any concerns that may arise.
It also means that early interventions can be implemented before issues escalate. For example, if a child comes into the Early Years setting with dirty skin and clothes (a potential sign of neglect), the practitioner may work in partnership with the parents to find out if there are any issues that they may be able to help with. They may then pass on the family’s information (with their consent) to other agencies that may be able to provide them with the support they need before things get worse.
In addition, partnering also allows for a pooling of resources which can be extremely beneficial in ensuring that children and families receive the support they need. By working together, agencies and professionals can ensure that no child slips through the cracks and that all children have access to the required services and assistance.