The Every Child Matters (ECM) Network

The overarching aim of the network is to support and develop a strategic approach to the delivery of services for children, young people and families across all sectors in Sefton. The ECM Network:

  • Recognises that partnerships influenced by the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector (VCFS) support the achievement of key health and wellbeing outcomes for children, young people and families;
  • Supports and facilitates the involvement and participation of voluntary, community and faith (VCF) organisations in the development and delivery of services, multi-agency approaches and inter-agency working;
  • Encourages the development of a coordinated, strategic approach to local services, embedding best practice that enables quality outcomes for children, young people and families.

What is the ECM Network:

The ECM forum, which meets quarterly. Each forum has a different overarching theme and includes presentations, workshops, information sharing and networking opportunities. The ECM forum plays a key role in children and young people’s service planning, bringing together agencies with an interest in delivering services for children and young people aged 0-19 years (up to 25 if specific to additional needs) and their families.

Information sharing is facilitated through regular monthly updates through e-bulletins and the regularly updated webpage

Click here to subscribe to the Every Child Matters (ECM) Email Updates

ECM members- and in particular, our ECM Ambassadors sit on various boards and groups.

The work of the ECM Forum is underpinned by priorities relating to the Sefton Integrated Health & Wellbeing Strategy, Sefton’s Children’s Plan and the needs represented by the service users fed in by our member organisations.

ECM Forum Terms of Reference


Virtual Zoom Meeting
Friday 3 December, 10am – 12pm

Forum Focus: Young People

For more information or to book a place on the Zoom meeting, please complete the short form below or alternatively please email

ECM sub-groups

Click the links below for more information on the Sub-groups;

Sefton Children With Additional Needs (CWAN) Network

Useful links, information and resources