Every Child Matters was a new approach that helped to bring about a change to the well-being of people up to the age of 19 in the UK.
In order to do this the Government wanted to make sure that every child had the support they needed to:
- Stay healthy
- Be safe
- Achieve economically
- Contribute to society positively
- Enjoy life
Consequently any service that provided for children, whether that be a GP, a PCSO or any volunteer, teamed up and shared information about the child. By working together in this way it ensured that the child would be safe and that people could help them achieve what they wanted in life. It gave young people a voice.
All local authorities ensured that they work with multi-agency partners to create the best outcome for children and young people in that area. It meant working with children to find out what would suit them best, and constant assessments to make sure that the plans were working. Keeping in touch with the young people was absolutely vital.
In March 2005 children were given a voice in government for the first time with the appointment of a Children’s Commissioner. This gave the necessary platform for Every Child Matters to succeed, whilst also promoting the hard work of multi-agencies towards young children in government itself.