Every Child Matters (ECM) Forum

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The primary purpose of the Every Child Matters (ECM) forum is to support and develop a strategic approach to the delivery of services for children, young people and families in Sefton.


The aims of the Every Child Matters Forum are to:

  • Encourage VCF influence on partnership work to improve outcomes for children and young people
  • Support and facilitate VCF involvement and participation in the development and delivery of services for children, young people and families
  • Encourage the development of a co-ordinated strategic approach to services, embedding best practice and partnership working

The network meets quarterly, with a theme for each meeting, and include presentations, guest speakers, workshops and networking opportunities. Previous themes have been: Supporting Children with Additional Needs, Early Help, Safeguarding and Reporting Allegations.

The ECM plays a key role in the development and planning of services for children, young people and families in Sefton. It brings together partner agencies with an interest in this issue.

Terms of Reference

Notes from the Forum

If you would like to get involved or have a chat to find out more about the ECM Forum, please contact sharon.cotterall@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Upcoming Meeting

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Sefton CVS have developed a Safeguarding Toolkit for children, young people and adults, click the banner below to view and download the toolkit.

Click here to download the Safeguarding Toolkit

2023 Forum Dates

Wednesday 15 March, 10am – 12pm
Friday 16 June, 10am – 12pm
Friday 29 September, 10am – 12pm
Wednesday 6 December, 10am – 12pm

There are also two subgroups of the ECM Forum: The Thrive Network Sefton and Sefton Perinatal Community of Practice.
Information is shared through regular news bulletins which include notes from the meetings.

Thrive Network

Sefton Perinatal Community of Practice