Headlines: November 3rd, 2006



A series of events this month seem certain to challenge present thinking on the ways in which local authorities implement the Every Child Matters agenda. The international change management expert Mark Friedman will be explaining his approach and demonstrating his work in an attempt to show councils how to make changes to children’s lives.

He has already taken part in a national symposium in London sponsored by the Department for Education and Skills, the Centre for British Teachers Education Trust and the Improvement and Development Agency, and will go on to a series of regional presentations.

At the symposium he talked about his approach, which cross-cuts other service areas to demonstrate whether services are making a difference to children’s lives through focusing on outcomes to help change the culture of an organisation and to achieve sustainable change through the involvement of communities.

The IDeA said the Every Child Matters agenda was firmly embedded in local authorities’ work with results being judged by Local Area Agreements and with local authority performance becoming subject to Joint Area Reviews. Mark Friedman, it said was already the leading figure in a results-based accountability approach to Every Child Matters.

IDeA’s Strategic Advisor for Children and Adult and Healthy Communities, Andrew Cozens, said, “This work by Mark is a central part of the programme to help councils make significant life changes for children and young people, and their families. It will begin the national discussion about how small beginnings will signify the start of major changes”.

The Agency has organised a series of regional events at which Mark Friedman will talk about improving children and young people’s lives in a bid to enable authorities to understand better if they are making a difference to children’s lives through developing new measures and by engaging with communities in their widest form. IDeA said Mr. Friedman’s aim was to move quickly from talk to action, His methods have been used more than forty states in America and in seven other countries.