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Change for Children: the National Picture

'Every Child Matters - Change for Children' set out a national framework of change, to be led by local authorities and their partners, to improve life for children and young people. Government Offices (GOs) play a key role in delivering and developing the policies which will achieve this.

We will work with our partners to make sure that every child, whatever their background or their circumstances, has the support they need to:

  • be healthy
  • stay safe
  • enjoy and achieve
  • make a positive contribution
  • achieve economic well-being

We have a number of responsibilities that include:

  • making sure that all local authorities have a Director and Children’s Services and a Lead Member with responsibility for children and young people in place by 2008
  • improving the placement, stability and educational attainment of looked after children
  • supporting the development of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards
  • supporting the implementation of the Integrated Children’s System (ICS) and section 11 of the Children Act 2004
  • managing and supporting Allegations Management Advisers
  • reducing the number of teenage pregnancies
  • engaging with children and young people and consulting them on the design and delivery of services.

Children’s Services Advisors (CSAs) work closely with local authorities to:

  • make sure targets for improving children’s services are set, as in Priority Meetings
  • review performance against targets, during Annual Performance Assessments (APAs) and Joint Area Reviews (JARs)
  • develop Children and Young People’s Plans and Children’s Trusts

CSAs also work closely with inspection bodies such as Ofsted and the Commission for Social Care Inspection to make sure that local authorities are performing well.


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