Every Child Matters
Sure Start County Durham is part of Every Child Matters, an approach to the well-being of children and young people from birth to age 19.
In 2003, the Government published a green paper called Every Child Matters. This was published alongside the formal inquiry to the death of Victoria Climbié, the young girl who was abused and killed by her great aunt and the man with whom they lived.
The green paper built on existing plans to strengthen preventative services by focusing on four key themes:
- Increasing the focus on supporting families and carers - the most critical influence on children's lives.
- 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.
The green paper prompted a wide consultation with people working in children's services, and with parents, children and young people. Following the consultation, the Government published Every Child Matters: the Next Steps, and passed the Children Act 2004 to support the development of more effective and accessible services focused around the needs of children, young people and families.
In County Durham through consultation, five key outcomes have been identified and agreed, they are essential to the development and wellbeing of our children and young people.
In County Durham we want all our children, young people and their families to:
- Be healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic well-being
Organisations involved in providing services to children and young people – from hospitals and schools, to health visitors and youth workers are working together, to protect children and young people from harm and help them achieve the best possible outcome in life.
In County Durham we have 'One Point' which joins up all agencies to provide an integrated service.
For more information please visit Durham County Council and NHS County Durham and Darlington One Point Service