Every Child Matters: Change for Children is a programme that ensures more is done to protect the well-being of all children in the UK so that all children have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, whoever they are. The programme was launched in 2003 following a number of social services failures.
The Government's aim is for every child, whatever their background or their circumstances, to have the support they need to: be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being.
This means that the organisations involved with providing services to children from hospitals and schools, to police and voluntary groups will be teaming up in new ways, sharing information and working together, to protect children and young people from harm and help them achieve what they want in life. Child protection needs to be of the highest priority across all public and private organisations.