In his introduction to the Paper, Tony Blair states very clearly that many mistakes have been made. And yet, for all these professions of concern, and for all this machinery of surveillance, the Government seems to be failing in its duty to the most vulnerable children — and in particular to the one group of children for whom it has the most direct responsibility, namely children in the care of the state. The Libra School has achieved great success engaging children who have previously refused education at a number of other establishments in education. Make A Positive Contribution To develop self-confidence, responsibility, and enterprising behaviour children actively contribute to decisions affecting the school community. Bibliography General The Department for Children, Schools and Families maintains an Every Child Matters website.
Integrated strategy A strategy should provide a means by which an organisation makes sense of, and responds to, the challenges and circumstances it faces. Victoria Climbié was desperately ill: she was severely bruised, physically deformed by repeated beatings, malnourished, and her core body temperature was so low it could not be recorded on the hospital's standard thermometer. In order to create a society where children are safe and have access to opportunities requires radical reform so the Government created a Green Paper that builds on existing plans to strengthen preventative services by focusing on five key themes. For this purpose, information was gathered through elements of practitioner-based research and observations along with the study and analysis of materials presented in books, research journals and professional publications, so as to evaluate the main aspects of the policy Every Child Matters and identify the issues it has raised for professionals working with young children, and particularly early years practitioners, as well as to propose some strategies that could support those practitioners throughout the process of inevitable changes associated with the introduction of the policy. Talk about Every Child Matters — these are five outcomes that practitioners should be striving to achieve 2.
Integrating the delivery of services for children, young people and families A theme running strongly through Every Child Matters is that improving outcomes for children and young people could only be achieved by transforming the ways in which managers and practitioners in the different public services are organised : Integrated working arrangements should start from the needs of children and young people - not the structures of local public services, their organisations, departments and teams. The concern with 'joined-up services', monitoring the behaviours of children and young people, and to the sharing of information has led to both to the construction of databases that often unknown to them, contain intimate material on a scale that has been deemed disproportionate by the Information Commissioner; and to the ability of a wide range of people to access that information. For the first time with any real clarity, this country has acknowledged the individuality of a child based on their gender, culture, colour of skin, race, religion, sexuality, ability and family. Children learn to be economically aware and active in preparation for adult responsibilities through a strong programme of life skills. But it is a promise that could be kept for specific groups that are known to be at risk: looked-after children, children in custody, the children of asylum-seekers and children who may be being taken out of the country for forced marriages. A strategy also provides senior managers with a rationale and structure for engaging managers and practitioners in their organisation in identifying success criteria and setting targets to monitor the effectiveness of services for children and young people; identifying the information the organisation needs to acquire to increase its effectiveness; and, for managing communications inside and outside the organisation.
Key services in some areas were also experiencing severe difficulty in recruiting and retaining people to work in child protection and in child welfare — which eroded the effectiveness of local inter-agency arrangements to safeguard children. At the end of the evening, the views of those present were collated to produce a response to government on their proposals. Every Child Matters: Change for Children focuses on the well-being of children and young people from birth to age 19. One of challenges of Every Child Matters for local public services was to have effective governance arrangements in place, and also for them to have agreed and implemented arrangements for the shared governance of their collective work to improve outcomes for children and young people in their area. We use a range of stimulating teaching and learning styles to make sure our children want to come to school and want to learn. Next month I will look specifically at one of the Outcomes and explore some of the aspects of modern life through this focus.
In the context of such monitoring and scrutiny, we need to recognise that norms inherent in Every Child Matters - and within which we make assessments and decisions - are socially constructed. Accreditation is important at the Libra School. The five outcomes are universal ambitions for every child and young person, whatever their background or circumstances. The Green Paper was the basis for extensive consultation on proposals about services for children, young people and families — inside Parliament, with managers and practitioners in public services, and with parents, carers, children and young people. Local authorities have worked towards this with varying success.
It is only by focusing on the most vulnerable that the grandiose rhetoric of a child-friendly society can be matched by actions. Thorpe D, 1994, Evaluating Child Protection , Buckingham, Open University Press. As an orphan himself, who owed his chances in life to the enlightened attitude of social services in allowing his teenage sister to look after him when his mother died, he has a personal stake in the subject. Parton N, Thorpe D, Wattam C, 1997, Child Protection and Family Support: Tensions, contradictions and possibilities , London, Routledge. Their Classification of a child is anyone under the age of 18, if there is a child in need of help with serious factors affecting their lives then this act will take into place and attend to their needs however they can. This was published alongside the formal response to the report into the death of Victoria Climbiu00e9, the young girl who was horrifically abused and tortured, and eventually killed by her great aunt and the man with whom they lived.
Following this , the Government published Every Child Matters: the Next Steps, and passed the Children Act 2004, providing the legislation necessary for developing more effective and accessible services focused around the needs of children, young people. A visit by a child or young person to a third sector advice agency, for example, to talk about sexual activity can quickly trigger police intervention. To emphasise the importance of these outcomes as a focus for local action , the Department for Children, Schools and Families created the Outcomes Framework - against which local public services are expected to agree their priorities, plan changes to their services, and measure their collective progress towards improving outcomes for local children and young people. This could lead to changes in order that the joint delivery of services was supported by processes and procedures that are effective for local children and young people. Public services should work with each other to provide services in ways, at times and in places that meet the needs of local children, young people and their families. Stay Safe To provide a secure and stable environment where children feel cared for. Janes L, 2006, ' Children in Need ' , Socialist Lawyer Number 45, December, 2006 Jeffs, T.
When it comes to improving education in our state I believe our priority is to improve teaching, make better finical investments in our education systems, and coming up with better way to get students more involved and excited to learn. In time, unless the facts on the ground change, the new phrase will acquire the same unwanted associations as the old. These five outcomes are referenced continuously throughout Every Child Matters documents. All our teaching staff are trained and experienced to deal with challenging behaviours and disaffection. He reveals some profound difficulties for those it touches — especially informal educators. For example, children and young people learn and thrive when they are healthy, safe and engaged; and the evidence shows clearly that educational achievement is the most effective route out of poverty.
In addition, it has drawn a range of practitioners including many informal educators into the formal surveillance process. Our children seem to be tracked, tested and monitored to an unprecedented degree. The transformation that we need can only be delivered through local leaders working together in strong partnership with local communities on a programme of change. The demands all of this places on formal and informal educators and on managers throughout public services erodes opportunities for reflective and creative dialogue about the challenges we face and opportunities available to us. Local arrangements to improve outcomes for children and young people — including inter-agency governance and strategy — were subject to scrutiny by joint Inspectorates, and will include Joint Area Reviews J. The genesis of Every Child Matters Following a number of high-profile inquiries, there was growing pressure to deal with the inadequacies they had revealed in the way different services dealt with children deemed to be at risk. When Gordon Brown became Prime Minister nine months ago, the rhetorical effort was redoubled.