EveryChildMatters Now Help Children Achieve more
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The Department for Education (DfE) has moved to allay fears that a ban on the useof the phrase Every Child Matters in the new government signals a shift in policyfor children and young people.Details of the changes in terminology are revealed in an internal DfE memo, splitinto two columns for words used before 11 May (when the coalition took office) andthose with which they should be replaced.John Chowcat, general secretary of childrens services union Aspect, said he fearsthe change in language represents a gradual move away from the EveryChild Matters agenda by the government."The impact that would have in terms of demoralising the childrens workforcewould be significant, but I can see a step-by-step shifting of the approach to theagenda. Although this change may be to do with language alone, what ishappening suggests we need to be careful about the future of Every Child Matters."Wes Cuell, NSPCC director of services for children and families, said: "We hopethe coalition will continue to work for better outcomes for children. We are notbothered about the terminology as long as it stays committed to better outcomes.Any signs it is not would be a big issue."Anne Longfield, 4Children chief executive, said she is confident the principleswill continue to be followed on the ground. "The principles of Every ChildMatters are observed in the field and people will continue to use those approacheseven if they might not refer to it in the same way."
The government has denied that changes to terminology outlined in thedocument indicate a change of policy direction. "There is no lack of focus onEvery Child Matters," a DfE spokesman said. "The coalition created the new DfEto carry through radical reforms in schools, early years and child protection.
LANGUAGE OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT: SOME OF THE CHANGES ASTHEY APPEAR IN THE MEMOPre-11 May 2010 England will be the best place in the world for children to grow upPost-11 May 2010 Make Britain the most family-friendly place in EuropePre-11 May 2010 Targeted servicesPost-11 May 2010 Fairer servicesPre-11 May 2010 Targets and outcomesPost-11 May 2010 Results and impactPre-11 May 2010 Childrens trustsPost-11 May 2010 Local areas, better, fairer servicesPre-11 May 2010 One childrens workforce framework/toolPost-11 May 2010 Local areas self-assessment toolPre-11 May 2010 Five outcomes/ECMPost-11 May 2010 Help children achieve morePre-11 May 2010 Narrow the gapPost-11 May 2010 Close the gap, vulnerable and disadvantagedPre-11 May 2010 Integrated workingPost-11 May 2010 People working better to provide better servicesPre-11 May 2010 SafeguardingPost-11 May 2010 Child protectionPre-11 May 2010 FIPPost-11 May 2010 Key workers providing intensive support to families
Every Child Matters isa set of reforms Be healthysupported by theChildren Act 2004. Its Stay safeaim is for everychild, whatever their Enjoy and achievebackground orcircumstances, to have Make a positivethe support they needto for the 5 outcomes. ContributionSo what are theoutcomes of the ECM Achieve economic well-beingagenda…and how doesit apply to me?
Example of a mapping exerciseTheme Benefits Evidence of Good Practice Physically, mentally, Tutorial curriculum promoting healthy lifestyles emotionally and Development of Healthy College Model sexually healthy College wide awareness days /weeks for smoking, drugs, alcohol, teenage Encouraged to follow a pregnancy and sexual health including Chlamydia testing, HIV advice, stress, healthy lifestyle support services and intervention, mentoring and counselling. Healthy eating encouraged through health programmes i.e. Enrichment /Tutor groups. Active encouragement to participate in sport and fitness room usage. Staff and students are Up to date policies around health and safety, smoking, drugs, alcohol, safe from violence, behaviour, exclusion, bullying, racism and harassment with support for each. sexual exploitation, CRB checked staff and security. Accident records, reporting and follow up. neglect and All staff receives child protection training and a trained member of staff with maltreatment child protection responsibility. Staff awareness of PoVA [protection of Staff and students are vulnerable adults] safe from bullying, Safety weeks ran through Enrichment programme with emphasis on personal discrimination, anti- safety i.e. crimes around safety in the street, drink spiking, safe cab use, how social behaviour to report a crime, mobile phones, date rape, cash machines, speeding and A wider range of accidents etc Involvement of local police force to give advice and talks from polices and training Suzy Lamplugh Trust. programmes are in Clear security and disciplinary procedures. Good established links with place to ensure all staff external agencies e.g. social services, safeguarding children services, doctors, are aware of safety sexual health workers, youth services, careers services, psychologists.
Staff and students are Up to date policies around health and safety, smoking, drugs, alcohol,safe from violence, behaviour, exclusion, bullying, racism and harassment with support for each.sexual exploitation, CRB checked staff and security. Accident records, reporting and follow up.neglect and All staff receives child protection training and a trained member of staff withmaltreatment child protection responsibility. Staff awareness of PoVA [protection ofStaff and students are vulnerable adults]safe from bullying, Safety weeks ran through Enrichment programme with emphasis on personaldiscrimination, anti- safety i.e. crimes around safety in the street, drink spiking, safe cab use, howsocial behaviour to report a crime, mobile phones, date rape, cash machines, speeding andA wider range of accidents etc Involvement of local police force to give advice and talks frompolices and training Suzy Lamplugh Trust.programmes are in Clear security and disciplinary procedures. Good established links withplace to ensure all staff external agencies e.g. social services, safeguarding children services, doctors,are aware of safety sexual health workers, youth services, careers services, psychologists.issues regarding both Staff trained as First Aiders to assist students.staff and students. Health and Safety Officer to monitor all aspects of H&S within premises.Students are Opportunities for work related experiences for studentsencouraged and Student union actively involved in student life, NUS training days and eventsprovided with many Many opportunities to participate in extra curricular activities through theopportunities to enjoy Enrichment programme i.e. Duke of Edinburgh Award, Jack Petchey Awards,their time at college, groups clubs and societies, annual events e.g. Fresher’s Fair, Leavers’ ball,whilst developing a Leavers’ BBQ, celebrating cultural diversity through new years andrange of personal Independence days etcdevelopment life skills Students are encouraged to run their own groups and societies i.e. conversational Arabic, Amnesty International and chess club Nominated students who participates in Waltham Forest Youth Ambassador programme for the Olympics
Opportunities to get Through Enrichment students can fundraise for charitable events involved with the Student council organises ‘feeding the homeless’ events [donate food and community and to other items to the local homeless helter] develop positive Youth discussion group created to engage with local police and law abiding Students work with local council on projects e.g. to produce an anti –litter behaviour DVD and assist with local campaign Working with other colleges on projects Sports teams compete with other colleges Students engage in voluntary work in the community though Millennium volunteers (now V) and other organisations The College runs a ‘student ambassadors’ scheme where students can get involved in promoting and representing the college externally and leading on open days, parents evenings etcAchieve Given advice and guidance on future Access to good, impartial careers, HE and next steps advice Ongoing careers advice and guidance /career connexion serviceEconomic choices of careers and education Entry to HE days Opportunities for enterprise educationWellbeing Provided with opportunities for work Financial literacy taught in tutorial programme Work experience, vocational courses, live projects, visiting speakers, experience and work Further students’ development through support from the Study plus base learning department i.e. development of literacy and numeracy skills. Encouraged to acquire Strong links with employers through ‘employer engagement’ programme to skills needed for promote work related/ work experience activities employment
The Childrens Plan: Building brighter futuresThis publication has been archived. It has been made available forreference use but should not be considered to reflect current policy orguidance
ExerciseGet together in groups [depends on overall size] and thinkabout /list the 5 outcomes and how you can contribute to the‘Help Children Achieve More’ agenda.