Integrated working is based on the principles of improving multi-agency working to provide appropriate support to children and their families, by putting the child’s needs at the centre and by overcoming individual service boundaries. It’s rationale is that better outcomes for children will be secured by:

  • earlier and more holistic identification of needs
  • earlier and more effective intervention
  • improved information sharing and co-ordination across agencies
  • better service experience for children and families
  • reduction in bureaucracy

The Merton Child and Young Person Well-Being Model (MWBM) 2013 reflects how local services provide support for children along a continuum. The semi-circle representing the Continuum of Additional Needs illustrates the principle that services providing support become increasingly targeted and specialist as the child’s level of need increases. The model, which includes an indication of the local threshold for beginning a Common Assessment, consists of

All agencies providing services for children will be involved in integrated working in some way:

  • identifying children with additional needs
  • initiating or contributing to assessment, consultation, information sharing
  • being a member of a multi-agency team supporting a child or young person
  • taking on the lead agency role in coordinating responses
  • providing services as identified in assessment analysis and action plan

about all of which more follows below.

with Review leading to further cycle through the above, through to Closure.