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.

Making a Child Friendly Devon

21 June 2022

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We need your help to create an even better place for children, young people and families to grow up in!

Tell us your Wish for Devon

Free Summer activities 2022

27 May 2022

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Want to have fun, work with others and learn new skills? Well, the Virtual School and fostering team are joining forces to offer you the chance of an action-packed experience this summer!

Find summer activities near you

New Regular Savings policy launches

11 May 2022

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From April 2022, Devon County Council will be setting aside £5 per week for anyone in care aged under 18.

Learn how claim your account

Youth Parliament elections

14 February 2022

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Voting for the UK Youth Parliament elections is now open! If you’re aged 11-18 years old, you can vote for your favourite candidate to represent you.

Find out how to vote

You Said We Did – December 2021

17th December 2021

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Here’s our December update about the work we’ve been doing in response to your feedback!

Read our December update

Your thoughts about the Care Review

12th November 2021

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Coram Voice have just published their A National Voice report on ‘What children and young people wanted to say to the Care Review’

Check out what was said about the Care Review

Top tips poster competition

5th November 2021

Top tips poster competition promotional flyer

Got some artistic talent and want to help people who work with you to be the best they can be? Then we have the perfect competition for you!

Enter our amazing poster competition!

Explore creatively with Kooth

2nd November 2021

a poster promoting Kooth creative sessions. All details are in the main news post.

We’re teaming up with Kooth to offer a series of creative art sessions! The sessions will run every Wednesday until 8 December 2021.

Join a Kooth session

National Care Leavers’ Week 2021

6th October 2021

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National Care Leavers’ Week will be running from 25-31 October, and we’ve got lots of events lined up to celebrate it properly! Find out what’s happening near you!

Find Care Leavers’ Week events near you

Education, Employment and Training Survey Results

4th October 2021

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A big thank you to all the care leavers who took the time to fill out our education, employment and training survey this summer! Here’s what you told us and what we’re going to do as a result.

Check out the results of the survey

NYAS  campaign on belongings and moving home

15th July 2021

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In Autumn this year, the National Youth Advocacy Service will be launching a campaign focused on belongings and moving home –  and they’ve launched a survey to help shape the campaign.

Fill out the NYAS survey

Summer Activities

6th July 2021

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You’ve got the chance to take part in a range of activities, from outdoor adventures to a range of awesome hands on art activities.


Discover what activities you can take part in

Bright Spots Survey 2021 findings

30th June 2021

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Here is what you all told us about what your life is like, and what we want to do because of what you said.


Check out the Bright Spots 2021 results

Local Offer photo competition

15th June 2021

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Calling all Care Leavers! We need your pictures for our new Local Offer – and your images could earn you a free Amazon voucher!

Find out how enter your photos

National Care Review – online discussion

27th May 2021

a poster for the National Care Review focus group hosted by Become

As someone with experience of care, you’ve got a valuable perspective on what needs to change, and you might even have some suggestions on how to do it!

Find out how to join the conversation

Picnic to discuss the new local offer

19th May 2021

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We’re having a picnic on 27 May. Come along to talk to senior managers about the new local offer plan and how we’ll be working with you to co-produce it.

Learn more about the picnic

Care after 21 – May update session

14th May 2021

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On 20 May, we are holding a virtual session to give an update on and discuss the new local offer plan and the design of the 21+ care offer.

Find out more about the 21+ feedback session

What’s on in May?

3rd May 2021

What's on in May

We’re running lots of virtual groups throughout May! Check out what’s coming up this month and how to get involved with the sessions.


Find out what’s on in May 2021

The Big Ask national survey

20th April 2021

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The Children’s Commissioner for England has just  launched a national survey to find out what your priorities for improving childhood post-COVID are.

Learn more about the Big Ask

Education, employment, and training opportunities for care leavers

9th April 2021

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We want to strengthen our education, employment, and training offer to care leavers in Devon. So, we want to hear your views!


Let us know your views about education, employment and training

Kids Corner – Easter edition

8th April 2021

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Our Kids Corner newsletter is full of lots of fun things to do, like word searches and pictures to colour! Plus there’s a recipe for some super tasty Rice Krispie nests!


Check out the Easter newsletter

Care after 21 – next steps

8th March 2021

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Using your experiences, ideas and suggestions that talked to us about in December, we’ve set out a plan that’s been set out for how we can improve care after 21.

The next steps in our plan to improve care after 21

Returning to school

8th March 2021

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If you’re struggling to adjust to the change, or would like to talk to someone about your mental health in general, support is available to you.

Mental health support

What’s on in March?

1st March 2021

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We’re running lots of virtual groups throughout March! Check out what’s coming up this month and how to get involved with the sessions.

Find out what’s on in March 2021

Our roadmap out of lockdown

25th February 2021

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We are so excited to be able to see you all again in person! That’s right, from April, we will be able to hold face-to-face groups in the youth centres once more. Here’s our plan for March and returning to face-to-face session in April

Check out our roadmap out of lockdown

New Kids Corner newsletter

11th February 2021

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Our Kids Corner newsletter is chock full of lots of fun things to do, like quizzes, word searches and pictures to colour! This edition has a special Valentine’s theme!

Check out the new newsletter

Key points from the Life Stories focus group

8th February 2021

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We held a focus group for care leavers to discuss Life Story work. These are your suggestions for how things could improve.


Here’s what you said about Life Stories

What’s on in February?

1st February 2021

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We’re running lots of virtual groups throughout February! Check out what’s coming up this month and how to get involved with the sessions.

Discover what’s on in February 2021

Focus group to discuss Life Story work

7th January 2021

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Were holding a focus group for care leavers on 12 January to discuss how we can improve our Life Story work in Devon – and we would love to hear your views on how we should do this!

Find out more about Life Story work

Change to group timetables

6th January 2021

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We’ve had to cancel our face-to-face sessions until the restrictions are lifted, but we’ve got some great virtual events taking place instead!

Find out more about our new group timetable

Guidance about the new national lockdown

6th January 2021

Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives. poster

The Government has announced a new national lockdown. Here’s what the new restrictions mean for you.

Guidance about the new national lockdown

Key points from the 21+ focus group

17th December 2020

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We held a focus group for care leavers to discuss what kind of support you need after the age of 21. These are your suggestions for how things could improve.

Read more about how you think support after 21 can be improved

Christmas newsletter

3rd December 2020

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We are excited to announce the launch of a brand activity page for children in care! And we’re kicking things off with a special Christmas edition!

Check out our new newsletter

Christmas events!

3rd December 2020

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We want to make sure you all have a right good Christmas party to see the year out in style with. So we’re doing exactly that with lots of parties across the county to celebrate with you all!

Find out how you can join one of our Christmas parties

New COVID-19 tiers

27th November 2020

When the national restrictions end, Devon will be in Tier 2. Here’s what that means for you.


Find out what the new tiers mean for you

Bright Spot survey

25th November 2020

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Have you taken part in Bright Spots this year?  It’s an annual survey by Coram Voice that helps us to understand what makes life and care good for you and what needs to be improved.

Let us know if you’d still like to take part in Bright Spots

Care leaver focus group – support after 21

24th November 2020

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We’re holding a focus group for care leavers to discuss what kind of support you need after the age of 21.


Find out how to join the focus group

Congratulations to our care leavers!

19th November 2020

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We’re always so proud of our Children in Care and Care Leavers who speak up on behalf of others and campaign to see things improve for young people. So a special well done to Ellie Cooper, Zara Clench and Luke White!

Read more about what they’ve been up to

The Children’s Commissioner’s Virtual Event

19th November 2020

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The online event will event takes place on 24th November and will set out the Commissioner’s vision for a better care system for children.

Find out how you can watch the event

Changes to groups during the November lockdown

10th November 2020

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Now that we’re in the period of new national restrictions, we’ve had to make some changes to our children in care and care leaver groups this month.


See the changes made to groups

This November is Care Month!

9th November 2020

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The Children’s Commissioner is dedicating the whole month to talking about improving the care system, and they’d like to know what you think!

Find out how to get involved with Care Month

What information do you need right now?

4th November 2020

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We want to know what information and advice you need right now, so that we can provide the right guidance for you in the right way.


Tell us what guidance you need

Build Back Better – our offer to care leavers

21st October 2020

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We’re staging a virtual workshop on 27th October to discuss how we can build a better offer for care leavers, and we’d love for you to join us!

Help us build back better

Join the South West Youth Summit

11th October 2020

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The next South West Youth Summit is coming up this month, and it’s a great opportunity to get your voice heard!



Join the South West Youth Summit

World Mental Health Day

10th October 2020

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10th October is World Mental Health Day. And prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.



Discover what mental health support is available

X-Plore sessions are back!

9th October 2020

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If you’re LGBTQ and aged between 13 and 19, X-Plore offer a range of fun social activities and safe space for you to discuss your specific needs.

Find out more about X-Plore sessions

Lonely Not Alone campaign launches

7th October 2020

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The second phase of the Lonely Not Alone campaign launches this week, and it aims to raise awareness of, and help to tackle, youth loneliness.

Learn more about the Lonely Not Alone project

We need your feedback about the updated Local Offer!

5th October 2020

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We’ve recently reviewed and updated our Local Offer to care leavers, and we want to know what you think about it!


Give feedback on the Local Offer now!

Rees Foundation’s Driving Project

28th September 2020

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Get free driving lessons thanks through Rees Foundation and pass your test in no time!


Book your place on the Driving Project

Young Devon skills courses

22nd September 2020

If you’re aged between 16 and 25, Young Devon are offering free courses to help you develop your self-confidence, earn qualifications and move onto employment or apprenticeships.

Learn more about the courses

Changes to virtual group timetable

17th September 2020

We’re making some small changes to our virtual group timetable.


Find out the details here

Care Leavers Ofsted focus group

16th September 2020

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If you’re 16+ and want to share your views, please join us on Tuesday 22nd September from 6-7pm.

Get involved

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 more about Wellbeing Week

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 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 about Be Inspire 2020

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.

Read more details about sexual health clinics


What makes a good social worker?

24th June 2020

a graphic illustrating what makes a good social workerEarlier this month we asked children in care aged 10-15 “What are the main ingredients for a good social worker?”

This is what you told us

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


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.

Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week

“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

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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

Children and Family Health Devon logo

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


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