Every Child Matters

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Every Child Matters: Change for Children, launched by the Department for Children, Schools and Families has stated five aims for children and young people from birth to 19 years old. These are to be healthy; stay safe; enjoy and achieve; make a positive contribution; achieve economic well-being. The aim in essence is for all children to achieve their potential, no matter what their background. Children and young people to be involved in the process at a local level; while various children's agencies work together with local authorites and children's trusts.[1] According to the website, reducing childhood obesity is a key aim of the initiative; it makes sense that all five aims above cannot be met separately in working towards all children enjoying good health and wellbeing, and reaching their potential.[2]


Every Child Matters: Change for Children was published in November 2004, following the debates and consultation provoked by the 2003 green paper, 'Every Child Matters' and the passing of the Children Act 2004. 2005 saw the appointment of the first Children's Commissioner for England, Al Aynsley-Green whose role it is to represent the views of children in Parliament, especially those children most vulnerable or excluded.[3]

Funding and finances


Department for Children, Schools and Families, Department of Health, Department of Culture, Media and Sport Children's Workforce Development Council.




Contact details, Resources, Notes


  • Address: Department for Children, Schools and Families, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT
  • Phone: 0870 000 2288, or, if you know the name of the person you want to speak to, call 0870 001 2345
  • Textphone/minicom: 01928 794274
  • Fax: 01928 794248
  • Website: http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/

External Resources


  1. Every Child Matters website Aims and outcomes, DCSF, 1 December 2005, accessed 9th February 2009
  2. Every Child Matters website Children’s and young people’s health, DCSF, 6 December 2007, accessed 9th February 2009
  3. Every Child Matters website Background to Every Child Matters, DCSF, 10 May 2005, accessed 9th February 2009