Education and Skills Committee

22 September 2004

Every Child Matters

The Education and Skills Committee has announced an inquiry into Every Child Matters.

Terms of Reference:

To undertake a concise overview of the reforms being proposed for children’s services under the banner Every Child Matters. To gain an understanding of the broad issues of organisational and professional integration, information management and the needs of parents and children. To explore specifically:

•   The place of health, social services and education respectively within integrated services;

•   The practical implications of the ‘duty to collaborate’, including the effect on funding streams and location of staff and facilities;

•   Staff and management needs: team-building, leadership and training;

•   Inspection;

•   Listening to children; the role of the Children’s Commissioner;

•   Working with parents;

•   The creation, management and sharing of records, including electronic databases;

This first inquiry may be followed by further, more focused inquiries into particular aspects of the reforms.

The Committee will begin taking formal evidence for this inquiry in November. Written submissions are welcome and should arrive no later than Wednesday 10 November. A guide for written submissions to the Committee may be found on the parliamentary website at:

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to with an additional paper copy to: Dr Sue Griffiths, Education and Skills Select Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London  SW1P 3JA