Main points of the children's green paper

A children's commissioner for England, increased local political responsibility and better coordination of services are just some of the measures proposed in the green paper - Every Child Matters

David Batty
Monday September 8, 2003

An independent commissioner to protect the rights and wellbeing of all children in England

Every child entitled to expect these outcomes: staying safe; being healthy; experiencing enjoyment and achievement at school; making a positive contribution to society; economic wellbeing

By 2006 councils will be expected to establish children's trusts, bringing together health, education and social services, as well as the careers service Connexions.

Each council must appoint a children's director with the statutory responsibilities of the chief education officer and the social services director.

A councillor should be appointed to take political responsibility for children's services.

Area child protection committees, which coordinate agencies involved in protecting children, replaced by new statutory bodies known as local children's safeguarding boards

Local authorities to develop IT systems to better share information about children with other agencies; all children given a unique ID number. But no national database of children at risk

Common training and protocols for childcare professionals to prevent confusion about their responsibilities

All children's cases to be assigned to a named key worker who holds responsibility for coordinating their care needs

Teachers, social workers and specialist education and health staff brought together in multi-agency teams based in schools and community-based children's centres

More family support services, including parenting classes and a national parents' helpline

A new workforce strategy for all childcare workers to encourage recruitment and retention; covering pay, conditions and standards of practice