This brief account outlines the parts of the Children Act 2004 that specifically relate to the Change for Children programme in England.

This document begins by looking at the establishment of a new Children’s Commissioner for England. The Commissioner will be responsible for raising awareness of the interests of children and young people and report annually to Parliament. A brief outline of the role is given. The commissioner will also report on non-devolved matters and work closely with counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A look at changes in children’s services in England examines the part that will be played by local authorities, key partners, agencies and other professionals. This includes information on the establishment of Local Safeguarding Children Boards and the Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) as well as new appointments such as the Director and the Lead Member of Children’s Services.

The final section sets out changes in fostering and social services that will be brought about by the Act.

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  • Children’s Commissioner – Part 1
  • Children’s Services in England – Part 2
  • Other provisions – Part 5