Essay by sophie123456College, UndergraduateC, September 2014

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Experience of working in a local authority setting

My key role is the retention and reintegration of young people into education; I work closely with various agencies to achieve this; on average 60% of the young people referred to the service have issues relating to education be it truancy, bullying or exclusion I have formed strong links with the LEA to enable me to support the young people and family, example - I supported a 14 year old that had been out of education for two years. I worked in partnership with the LEA to try and get the young person reinstated into education, in addition I liaised with a number of secondary schools and put the young person on several waiting list, whilst the young person was not engaged in education I purchased educational material and met the young person weekly to set work; after several meetings with the LEA and working closely with the parents I successfully got the young person into alternative education.

Experience of working with families and different agencies

As a key worker I work directly with young people and families who face a multitude of issues ranging from single parent house holds, unemployment, teenage, pregnancy, deprivation and low income. To enable me to support each young person, I work closely with other agencies such as the Lambeth Education Authority, Connextions, Social Services the Police the Youth Offending service, Youth Inclusion Support Panel, PAYP, and other charitable organizations which offer educational support and assistance to young people excluded from mainstream education.

Working with a Multi-Agency approach is crucial as it allows me to support each young person in a holistic way and ensures they get the best possible service. When I refer a young person to a school / service I work closely with...