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C1.1- Working in partnership with other agencies

At Greenfields, we work in partnership with local and national agencies to promote the well- being of all our children. This includes both statutory and voluntary sector organisations and may include those offering health, advice, support, education or safeguarding services.

Procedures are in place for the sharing of information about children and families with other agencies. These are set out in the information sharing policy, safeguarding children’s and child protection policy and the SEN policy.

We welcome other professionals who are working with our families into the centre in order for them to work with our staff to support children’s needs and to share information with us that will enable us to continue to offer on-going support. Parents/Carers are always informed when such a visit is taking place.

We confirm the identification of any professionals and staff from partner agencies prior to allowing them access to the children in our care.

Information shared by other agencies with us is regarded as third party information. This is also kept in confidence and not shared without consent from that agency.

When working in partnership with staff from other agencies, we make those individuals welcome in our setting and their professional roles are respected

We follow guidelines for working with agencies, for example on child protection.

Staff from other agencies do not have unsupervised access to the child they are visiting in the setting and do not have access to any other child/ren during their visit.

Our staff do not casually share information or seek informal advice about any named child / family. When necessary, we consult with local and national agencies who offer a wealth of advice and information for parents. For example, ethnic / cultural organisations, drug / alcohol agencies, welfare rights advisors or organisation promoting childcare and education or adult education

September 2017