This Green Paper aims to address the problem of children falling through the cracks between different services, emphasising that child protection cannot be separated from policies to improve children's lives as a whole.

The document looks at the progress towards a framework of services which will support every child, using this as a context in which to consider the specific needs of children at risk. Particular attention is paid to children who are in care, come from impoverished backgrounds or suffer from abuse.

The document identifies the broad concerns which have been shown to matter most to children and young people, presenting plans to develop the roles of the voluntary and community sectors, schools and health bodies in fulfilling these needs. It stresses the importance of information sharing between different Government agencies and of a higher level of accountability.

The consultation undertaken through the document has now closed, but the results can be found under Related Publications. Hard copies of the Green Paper can be ordered from The Stationery Office via the link below.

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  • Executive Summary
  • The Challenge
  • Strong Foundations
  • Supporting Parents and Carers
  • Early Intervention and Effective Prevention
  • Accountability and Integration
  • Workforce Reform
  • Appendices
  • Consultation Process and Summary of Questions
  • Timetable for Action on Information Sharing