Last week nearly a hundred school pupils have come together with education leaders from across the city to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Every Child Matters survey.

Since the survey began 45,000 children have been consulted on their views which are used to shape local services and school policy. As a result of feedback from the survey:

  • Sheffield City Council and NHS Sheffield Clinical Commission Group are now working with young people to develop an anti-stigma campaign and raise awareness of emotional wellbeing and mental health issues.
  • South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have put a greater emphasis on the importance of fire escape plans in their fire education programmes.
  • Sheffield Young Carers have been able to provide schools with young carers with the training and resources they need.


Schools can apply for £100 grants to fund a project which will address something discovered through their survey results. In the past year:

  • Children at Waterthorpe NI School collected litter in their local area using litter pickers bought with their grant.
  • Students from Firth Park Academy created a community garden in their local area.
  • Angram Bank Primary School bought a fun bin for the school playground to stop children throwing litter.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said:  “What a brilliant event, meeting children and young people from schools across the City who, over the past ten years along with thousands of others,  have given us their views. The survey helps us to hear what matters to our children and young people, that their voices are heard and that we can ensure that those views make a difference to the way we deliver services.”