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.


NYAS  campaign on belongings and moving home

15th July 2021

a group of young people

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 this month


The Big Ask national survey

20th April 2021

an illustration of six children to promote the Big Ask

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

Let us know your views about education, employment and training


Education, employment, and training opportunities for care leavers

9th April 2021

a poster promoting a survey about education, employment and training

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 this month


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

an illustration of a girl looking at a laptop

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 this month


Focus group to discuss Life Story work

7th January 2021

two people looking at a photo album

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

The Coram Voice and Bright Spots logos

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

a laptop screen displaying the participation team

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

An illustration of two children wearing face masks

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

a poster for the Build Back Better event

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

a poster advertising the return of X-Plore sessions

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 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

a woman wearing a face mask. A message says I wear this to protect you

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

 


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

an envelope and a letter addressed to Harry Potter

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

A silhouette of a young man's head against a sunset

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

Paint brushes and paint

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

The Rees Foundation logo

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.