What is Every Citizen Matters (ECM)?
Every Child (Citizen) Matters is a UK government initiative that was launched in 2003 and lead to the Children Act 2004. The legislation covers children and young adults up to the age of 19, or 24 for those with disabilities.
The aim is for every person, no matter what background or circumstance they find themselves, to have the support they require to Stay Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution, Achieve Economic Well-Being and Be Healthy.
What do the themes stand for?
Stay safe - City College provides a very safe environment for our students. Our surveys and Ofsted tell us that students feel safe here. It is not surprising given the CCTV and door security systems we have here.
Enjoy and achieve - We support you to achieve your goals and to aim high, and to enjoy your time at college.
Make a positive contribution - We enable you to take responsibility for your own learning and provide opportunities for students to take part in community projects and volunteer.
Achieve economic well-being - We support you in achieving your qualification and work with outside agencies to give additional support, for example Participation and Inclusion Officers formally Connexions. Links are established with employers to provide students with realistic and worthwhile vocational hands on experience in the workplace.
Be healthy - A healthy lifestyle is promoted which includes taking part in exercise, eating healthily and knowing where to go for information and advice regarding emotional/mental health and sexual health concerns.