News

Welcome to the news page! Okay, maybe a news page isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but it will help you to keep up to date with all the latest information and groups going on in Devon.


Focus group to improve mental health support

7th September 2020

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We’re hosting a focus on 9 September for you to explore the issue, discuss improvements and put forward some new proposals to make the service better.

Discover how to get involved


Returning to school

28th August 2020

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Helpful information, advice and guidance to help you return to school this September, including safety measures info and mental health support.

More information about returning to school


Website Updates

18th August 2020

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We’ve been work on tidying up and improving the website so that you can easily find the information that you need!

 

Find out about the changes we’ve made


A-level and GCSE results

12th August 2020

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As some of you will be aware of, A-level and GCSE exam results are out very soon – but the pandemic means that things are a little different this year.

What you need to know about this year’s results


Rees Foundation’s Wellbeing Week

7th August 2020

From 10th to 14th August, Rees Foundation are running a series of online events designed to help boost your wellbeing and mental health.

Find out how you can get involved


Health Passports

28th July 2020

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If you are 16 years old or older, or are a carer supporting a young person, make sure you check out the Devon health passport – they’re really useful!

Get your hands on one now


Be Inspired Online 2020

27th July 2020

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Be Inspired is an event that seeks to Inspire, Empower and Equip you with the tools that you need to take hold of your future, and there are sessions every day this week!

Find out how you can get involved


What you need to know about face coverings

24th July 2020

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Everything you need to know about face coverings and the new changes that will be introduced across the country on Friday 24 July.

Get up to date on the new rules


What can and can’t I do?

29th June 2020

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Guidance is available to help you understand the latest changes to the lockdown restrictions, which are due to come in to effect on Saturday 4 July.

Learn more about the new guidelines


Devon Sexual Health clinics

26th June 2020

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A reminder that Devon Sexual Health clinics in Exeter, Barnstaple and Torbay are open and remain confidential.

More details here


Harry Potter virtual group

22nd June 2020

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On Thursday 25th June we are running a special Harry Potter themed virtual session for children in care!

Find out how to get your place at Hogwarts


Pride and LGBTQ+ groups in Devon

22nd June 2020

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There is a great range of empowering support and social groups for LGBTQ+ young people in Devon.

Discover what’s available


Change the Label!

22nd June 2020

Last month we told you about A National Voice’s new campaign to tackle stigma. Well, now, we have an update for you!

Find out more


Surveys exploring lockdown experiences

16th June 2020

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TACT, and Research in Practice have developed surveys to explore experiences of life under lockdown – and they’d love to hear from you!

Give your feedback now


Social distancing guidance for young people

5th June 2020

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The government has produced new guidance about what you can do to stay alert and safe during as we move into the next phase of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Learn more about the measures


Mental Health Awareness Week

18th May 2020

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems.

More details here


“A National Voice” – Campaign to improve the care system

13th May 2020

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“A National Voice” (ANV) is a national Children in Care council that aims to improve the care system through the voices of care experienced young people.

Get your voice heard!


Mental health support and advice

12th May 2020

It’s important that we all look after ourselves during these extraordinary times, especially our mental health. If you need help, there’s plenty of support out there for you.

Discover what support is available


Mind Of My Own’s mindfulness plan

28th April 2020

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To help overcome the challenges of coronavirus, the Mind Of My Own team have been working on an amazing mindfulness project to help you stay engaged while stuck indoors.

Learn more about the project


Personal Education Plans

17th April 2020

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Coronavirus is having a big impact on everyone’s lives, but the Virtual School are trying to keep things as normal as possible.

Find out about changes to PEPs during the outbreak


Weekly art competitions

7th April 2020

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We’ve launched weekly art competitions to help you stay in touch with your creative side during the coronavirus lockdown.

Learn more about our art competitions


Children in Care Nurses

3rd April 2020

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During the coronavirus outbreak Children in Care Nurses continue to be available to offer support with any health queries.

Contact details available here


The Rees Foundation

2nd April 2020

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We know lockdown can be a stressful time! If you need extra support, you can always contact the Rees Foundation.

More details about the Rees Foundation can be found here


COVID-19 and virtual groups

30th March 2020

The Participation Team are now running virtual groups and online activities!

Find out more about our virtual groups


Ofsted inspection

17th March 2020

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At the beginning of 2020, Ofsted carried out a three-week inspection of Children’s Services at Devon County Council.

Read more about the Ofsted inspection


Website improvements

1st March 2020

We have started work on tidying up and improving our website. Over time the site had become a bit of a jumble sale, and we know it’s important that information is easy to find, easy to understand and accurate!

Please stick with us while we do some of the essential work over the coming weeks.

If you have come here to find something but are having difficulties please email us at participation@devon.gov.uk, and we’ll be happy to help.