Partnership working is often seen as the panacea of service delivery. There are often very clear benefits for service users from services working together. However, partnership working is complex and requires substantial investment in terms of time, monetary and physical resources so it is vital that there is a clear rationale of the benefits of unified working rather than joint working across services. To evaluate this, it is necessary to consider carefully what partnership is, how partnerships can be organised and ways to evaluate the benefits.This unit covers the range of partnership working: partnerships orientated to supporting children and families often from individual practitioners; the way a setting can work with the local community; approaches to service organisation and delivery across and between services. Working with different groups also requires different skills and awareness. The unit explores these issues and the way that individuals work in teams as partnership arrangements.