Every Child Matter
In 2003, the government published a green paper called Every Child Matter alongside the formal response to the report into the death of Victoria Climbié.
The green paper built on existing plans to strengthen preventive services by focusing on four key themes:
• Increasing the focus on supporting families and carers
• Ensuring necessary intervention takes place before children reach crisis point and protecting children from falling through the net
• Addressing the underlying problems identified in the report into the death of Victoria Climbié – weak accountability and poor integration
• Ensuring that the people working with children are valued, rewarded and trained.
There was a wide consultation with people working in children’s services, and with parents, children and young people and following this, the government published Every Child Matter: the Next Steps, and passed the Children Act 2004, providing the legislative spine for developing more effective and accessible services focused around the needs of children, young people and families.
Every Child Matter: Change for Children was published in November 2004.