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Guidance on partnership working between allied health professions and education



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This document is intended as a way of helping allied health professions, education staff and parents to improve the quality of their partnership working. Achieving this will improve the experience of children and young people and the likelihood of success in reaching their potential. The guidance is written in accordance with the Getting it right for every child approach and the requirements of the additional support for learning legislation. You may wish to focus on specific sections depending on local circumstances. You may also wish to start with the reflective grids in Appendix 3 which are designed as a tool for self-evaluation.

Partnership working: Impact and outcomes for young people: This section places the young person at the centre of partnership working. The purpose of partnership working is to improve outcomes for young people. Outcomes are set in the context of Getting it right for every child and Curriculum for Excellence.

Partnership working: Features of good practice

  • Different ways of supporting children and young people: The main focus here is on the variety of roles individuals have in supporting young people. A significant part of this section deals with the allied health professions practice matrix which is a summary of the different ways allied health professions support young people.
  • Parents as partners: During engagement with parents, almost all expressed some level of concern at their lack of involvement. This section re-states the very good practice on involving parents which is contained in Supporting children's learning: The Code of Practice.
  • Planning for better partnership working: Partnership working sits within the wider local context. This section focuses on the way that partnership working contributes to meeting local strategic objectives. Strategic planning needs to support effective partnership working. Equally, planning between allied health professions services and individual schools should support effective joint working through taking a Getting it right for every child approach.
  • Planning and working together to support young people: This section looks at planning to meet the needs of individual children and young people. It starts with the Getting it right for every child practice model as the basis for all joint working. The section then goes on to explore joint interventions between health and education aimed at supporting young people.
  • Joint continuing professional development ( CPD) and self-evaluation: Joint CPD is one of the most effective ways of improving partnership working. This section identifies ways this can be done. It then explores how allied health professions, education and parents can jointly evaluate their partnership working and agree ways they can get better.
  • Leadership: This section sets out what is meant by leadership in the context of partnership working. It explores how everyone can exercise leadership as well as the importance of personal relationships within partnership working.