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Every child matters : change for children

Department for Eucation and Skills
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COVER ONLY Every Child Matters: Change for Children Foreword 2 1 – A shared national programme of change 4 2 – Working towards better outcomes 8 3 – Integrated services and local change 12 4 – Support for local change 24 Enclosures E1: Summary of the Children Act 2004 E2: Timeline of when statutory requirements come into effect E3: Summary of statutory requirements and Government expectations for local action E4: The Outcomes Framework E5: Progress to date on improving outcomes for children and young people E6: Forward look of publication dates for key documents and guidance consultations E7: Key documents published to date links to a downloadable version of this paper and further information. Contents Every Child Matters: Change for Children 1 Right across Government, with our different remits, we are all working together to improve the lives of children, young people and their families. We are determined to make a step-change in the quality, accessibility and coherence of services so that every child and young person is able to fulfil their full potential and those facing particular obstacles are supported to overcome them. The Children Act 2004 provides the legislative foundation for whole-system reform to support this long-term and ambitious programme. It outlines new statutory duties and clarifies accountabilities for children’s services. But legislation by itself is not enough: it needs to be part of a wider process of change. Every Child Matters: Change for Children sets out the national framework for local change programmes to build services around the needs of children and young people so that we maximise opportunity and minimise risk. The services that reach every child and young person have a crucial role to play in shifting the focus from dealing with the consequences of difficulties in children’s lives to preventing things from going wrong in the first place. The transformation that we

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