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Every Child Matters

Every Child Matters (ECM) is a UK government initiative for England and Wales, that was launched in 2003. The policy applies to every child from birth until the age of 19. It lists 5 key principles which all children should have rights to. The five outcomes are defined below.

1. Being Healthy

Children learn about healthy eating and have a balanced diet
Children are protected from becoming ill
Children take part in regular physical exercise

2. Staying Safe

Children are protected from abuse
Children are secure and well supervised
Children use safe resources

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3. Enjoying and Achieving

Children are happy, settled and involved

Children explore confidently

Children respond to adults interests

4. Making a Positive Contribution

Children are considerate

Children value diversity

All children are included

Children's needs are met through partnership with parents

5. Achieve Economic Well-Being

Adults are well qualified

Adults use resources well

Adults use records effectively

Adults prepare the children with skills needed for later on in life

The purpose of the policy is to ensure that these five principles were at the heart of all interaction with children to ensure that children were safe and given the best chances in life.

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