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Children and Young People

'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.

Public service agreements set out and prioritise the key outcomes the Government wants to achieve in the spending period 2008-11.  We are responsible for working to the following public service agreements:

  • PSA 9: Halve the number of children in poverty by 2010-11, on the way to eradicating child poverty by 2020.
  • PSA 10: Raise the educational achievement of all children and young people. 
  • PSA 11: Narrow the gap in educational achievement between children from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. 
  • PSA 12: Improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. 
  • PSA 13: Improve children and young people's safety. 
  • PSA 14: Increase the number of children and young people on the path to success.

Our job is to respond to the challenge laid down in the DfE's Children's Plan and related PSAs by providing the link between strategic policy leadership in Whitehall and local partners who work with and deliver services for children and young people. Our aim is to secure the development of better local services through informed, insightful and effective support and challenge to local partners.  Central to our approach is the work of our Children Services Advisers (CSAs) who lead on this strategic engagement, with a particular emphasis on securing improved outcomes for Children and Young People through adoption of Change for Children framework. 

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Contact information

Children and Learners Division
Children and Learners Division
Government Office for the East of England
Shaftesbury Road
email: ChildrenandLearnersTeam@goeast.gsi.gov.uk

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