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Outcomes for children and young people

Revised ECM Outcomes Framework (3 April 2008)

Every Child Matters Green Paper 

The Every Child Matters (ECM) Green Paper identified the five outcomes that are most important to children and young people:

The five outcomes are universal ambitions for every child and young person, whatever their background or circumstances. Improving outcomes for all children and young people underpins all of the development and work within Children's Trusts.

The outcomes are mutually reinforcing. 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.

Improving outcomes also involves narrowing the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers. The Government is focusing particularly on improving outcomes for looked-after children and children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, and on reducing the incidence of teenage pregnancy and the number of young people not in education, employment or training.

The Government recognises the crucial role of parents, carers and families in improving outcomes for children and young people and the need to provide support for parents, carers and families in order for them to do so. The Government also recognises the important role of the local community.

To ensure that local children's services reflect the needs of children and young people, LAs and partners need to ensure there is a good level of participation of children and young people in the design and delivery of services.

Revised ECM Outcomes Framework

The revised ECM Outcomes Framework was launched at the Children's Plan Implementation Conference on 3 April 2008. 

Graphically illustrating the ambitious goal of making this the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up, the revised framework shows the links across Government between ECM, the Public Service Agreements (PSAs), and the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG)-led National Indicator Set (NIS) of measures, against which the achievement of improved outcomes for all children will be measured.

For full details, download the revised ECM Outcomes Framework from ECM Online Publications.

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Associated documents

PDF Document Every Child Matters green paper (819.7Kb)
This Government has invested heavily in policies designed to give all children the chance to succeed. There have already been significant improvements in educational achievement, and reductions in teenage pregnancy, re-offending and children living in low income households. Today's children and young people experience wider opportunities and benefit from rising prosperity, better health and education than those in previous generations.

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Last updated on 30/04/2009