When Every Child Matters: Change for Children was introduced it was seen as a key new move to help promote the well-being of children and young people. The Government decided that this scheme would end following discussions amongst the coalition.

Any organisation that had the aim of providing a service to children and young people, whether that be the local authority, schools, police and other care providers, had to ensure that they looked after the welfare of their clients. It meant a multi-agency approach was developed and these organisations teamed up to share information to help children achieve and be a success. It also meant that children were kept from harm, and had a chance to reveal how they felt in various situations.

In the years that Every Child Matters existed it ensured that all local authorities worked hard with a multi-agency approach to help develop plans to work with children and young people in that area. At all points children were encouraged to share their views and consult on the changes, this mean that their views were not forgotten. When inspectors were asked to assess local areas children’s views were always considered and took a key role in determining outcomes.

This was all backed up by the creation of a Children’s Commissioner in March 2005. It gave young people a voice in parliament and also in their local areas. It meant that those who were amongst our vulnerable parts of society had a chance to change their lives and work with people who wanted to make a difference. Every Child Matters gave children across the country the chance to shine.

Before Every Child Matters was developed the Children’s Fund, launched in November 2000, had already begun to help young people who were disadvantaged.