In December 2008 the Government published the 2020 Children and Young People's Workforce Strategy. This sets out the Government's vision that everyone who works with children and young people should be:
* ambitious for every child and young person
* excellent in their practice
* committed to partnership and integrated working
* respected and valued as professionals.
Whatever their role, the aim is to ensure that members of the workforce have the skills and knowledge to do the best job they possibly can to help children and young people develop and succeed across all the outcomes which underpin Every Child Matters: being safe, staying healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being.
The strategy sets out how the Government will work with partners, and people in the workforce, to ensure that every part of the children and young people's workforce achieves this vision.
The development of the strategy has been supported by an Expert Group of professionals and leaders from different parts of the children and young people's workforce, which has had a major influence on both the overall direction and detail of the strategy. The strategy is also a result of collaboration with key Government departments with responsibility for improving services for children and young people, including the Department of Health, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.