Every Child Matters. What is Every Child Matters?. Is the approach to the well-being of children and young people from birth to age 19. The Government's aim is for every child, whatever their background or their circumstances, to have the support they need to:. Be healthy Stay safe
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Every Child Matters
There are approx 75,000 students not currently registered or attending school – there are also only estimates of how many children there actually are currently in the UK – to address this from 2008 all children born or entering the country or in education or training will be registered with a unique reference number by the local authority on a definitive and central database called ‘Contact Point’ – it will provide detail of parents/carers, education provider and agency involvement (although mental/sexual health etc would be listed as ‘sensitive’).
Related to this and stemming from recommendations relating to the investigation in to notorious Victoria Climbie case in 2000 (news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2700427.stm) is the introduction of the CAF form being rolled out nationally now.
Children known to more than one specialist agency should have a single named professional to take the lead on their case and be responsible for ensuring a coherent package of services to meet the individual child’s needs
In addition, every local authority is expected to identify a lead official with responsibility for ensuring information is collected and shared across services for children, covering special educational needs, Connexions, Youth Offending Teams, health, and social services. The aim is for basic information to follow the child to reduce duplication.
Where a child has the involvement from 2 or more agencies (school would count as one) a form, called a CAF needs to be completed (with consent of the parent and child) and a Lead Professional appointed to co-ordinate further multi-agency work (we would check with Barnet whether a CAF already exists or has been started by another agency)
Once complete the form is then emailed to Barnet where it is held centrally – it can be updated through their system as further intervention occurs.
It means professionals should be better protected as evidence of action and intervention on individual cases is documented.
The CAF would be subject to the usual data handling and information sharing procedures.
Services for children at high risk
Services for families with complex problems
Services for children and families with
Services for all children in targeted areas
Services for all children and families