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Every child matters

The Every Child Matters green paper identified the five outcomes that are most important to children and young people:

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic well-being
Every child matters

The five outcomes are universal ambitions for every child and young person, whatever their background or circumstances. Improving outcomes for all children and young people underpins all of the development and work within children's trusts. Trinity is committed to working towards the Every Child Matters. Our services are geared towards being able to help achieve these outcomes for children, young people, their families and their carers. Staff have these outcomes central to their roles and this is reflected in revised job descriptions, recruitment processes and staff training. All our services publish plans or activity lists, with activities aligned to at least one of the outcomes. Evaluations also assess outcomes against these 5 outcomes. Below are some examples.

Staying Safe

The aim of this outcome is for children and young people to stay safe. The aims are for the children to be safe from exploitation, neglect, maltreatment and violence; accidental injury and death; safe from bullying and discrimination; free from crimes and anti social behavior and that young people and secure and cared for. We need to provide safe environments and work to keep children safe and secure.

Staying healthy

The aim of this outcome is for children and young people to be healthy. The aims are that they should be physically and mentally healthy, have healthy lifestyles, have good sexual health and choose not to take illegal drugs. It is our job to promote healthy choices.

Enjoying and Achieving

The aim of this outcome is for children and young people to enjoy and achieve. We need to ensure children are ready for school, attend and enjoy school, achieve national educational targets, achieve social and personal development and enjoy recreation. We need to support learning.

Making a Positive Contribution

The aim of this outcome is for children and young people engage in decision making and contribute to their community, take part in law abiding behavior; choose positive behavior and choose not to bully, be self confident and able to deal with change and develop enterprising behavior. We need to promote positive behavior.

Economic Wellbeing

The aim of this outcome is for children and young people achieve economic wellbeing. That they should engage in further education, training or employment, that they are ready for employment, live in decent houses and sustainable communities, have access to transport and material goods and that children and young people live in households free from low incomes.