This policy strategy is a shared programme of change to improve outcomes for all children and young people. It takes forward the UK government's ‘vision of radical reform’ for children, young people, and families. This programme was set out in response to an inquiry regarding the death of Victoria Climbié in 2000. She was a child murder victim whose death led to major changes in child protection policies as a result of the Laming Report (2003) and shared working agreements between the professional agencies (health, education, social services, probation) who may support children and their families. Every Child Matters affects all children from 0 to 19. It aims to improve educational achievement and reduce the levels of ill health, teenage pregnancy, abuse and neglect, crime, and antisocial behaviour. The shared outcomes—being healthy; staying safe; enjoying and achieving; making a positive contribution; and achieving economic well‐being—are embedded in legislation (the Children Act 2004), shared across all government services, and underpinned by an integrated inspection framework (Common Assessment Framework) to ensure all services work together effectively and share information.
http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/aims/ Explains the strategy and planned outcomes.
http://www.surestart.gov.uk/aboutsurestart/about/everychildmatters/ Provides further information about Every Child Matters.