Charities encouraged to help deliver Every Child Matters framework

The VCS Engage programme, aimed at getting the voluntary sector involved in the delivery of the Government's Every Child Matters framework, has been officially launched with a one-day conference in London today.

Several consultation events have already been held around the country, and the VCS Engage team has been carrying out research ever since it was granted funding by the Department for Education and Skills.

VCS Engage communications officer Jodie Collins said: “This event marks the beginning of the second phase of the process. The aim is to develop training and support packages over the next few months and begin rolling them out in September.”

She said the conference, addressed by Office of the Third Sector director general Campbell Robb, was another chance for voluntary organisations to put forward their concerns.

“We want to get feedback from voluntary and community organisations on what has been done so far, and tell them how they can get involved in the future,” she said.

VCS Engage is based at the National Children’s Bureau, whose chief executive, Paul Ennals, is also chair of the consortium. He said: “The development and implementation of the programme represents a significant step towards ensuring the effective engagement of the voluntary and community sector in the delivery of services for children, young people and families within the Every Child Matters framework.”

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