Children and young people

We have had a busy summer visiting different parts of Devon to encourage people to give us their views about local services for children and young people.  The views we collected have now been written up into a draft report so that this information can be considered as we move forward in reviewing and improving the system of care and support available to children and young people across Devon. 

The feedback from this report helped to inform the draft specifications for children's and young people's services (these are like instructions showing how services should operate and what they should offer).  

Feedback is still being collected and the report will remain in draft until it is updated later in the year.  During this time we would be pleased to hear your views about how well you feel this report reflects feedback.  If you have a view about this report once you have read it, we would be pleased to hear from you.  Please click here to email us.

Our survey will also remain open over the next few weeks as we continue to offer people the opportunity to provide feedback via face to face events.  Please see the links at the bottom of this page.

Click here to view our DRAFT engagement feedback report

Why have we been seeking views?

Health and social care organisations in Devon constantly strive to ensure that high quality services are provided for children and young people. 

Services range from those that all children and young people come into contact with at some point including health visiting and school nursing, services to support those with mental health issues and services for children and young people with additional or special needs (up to the age of 25).

The contracts to provide services for children and young people in Devon are due to be renewed from 1 April 2019.   This provides an opportunity over the coming months to review and improve the system of care and support available to children and young people across Devon. 

Over the last few months local health and social care professionals, clinicians, partner organisations and patient representatives have been developing ideas to form proposals for how future services for children and young people might look. The report below, which gives details of lots of engagement work that has been carried out across Devon has already influenced these developments.

Next steps

  • Draft documentation including our strategy and the service specifications will be placed onto this website.
  • The feedback report will be finalised before Christmas. The report and further engagement will continue to inform developments during the next few months.
  • The procurement process (the process to award the new contract for services) will begin in January 2018.  
  • The new contract will commence on 1 April 2019.

Engagement documents

To test our ideas for a future service model for local services for children and young people, we engaged with local children and young people, parents and carers, professionals that work with children/young people and those referring children/young people into services. 

This happened between July and September 2017 and we put our ideas into our engagement document below.  If you are in Plymouth, please view our Plymouth versions.

Engagement document: July - September 2017 Engagement document: July - September 2017 EASYREAD Engagement document: July - September 2017 PLYMOUTH EASYREAD Engagement document: July - September 2017 PLYMOUTH
NEW Devon CCG surveyed 700 school children in their area during the summer term this year about their preferences when accessing services.  A report was also collated for the whole Devon area containing a summary of all major engagement since 2011.  Both reports are below.
Getting in touch with NHS Children's services survey results Major feedback about children's services 2011-2016

There's still time to complete our survey

Our survey remains open until we finalise our feedback report later this year.  You can fill it in online or print it out and send it to us at the address below. We have also produced a young-people-friendly version of the survey. 

Click here to DOWNLOAD OR PRINT a copy of the survey Click here to fill in our ONLINE survey Click here to DOWNLOAD OR PRINT copy of the survey designed for YOUNG PEOPLE.

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If you need the information on this page in an alternative format (e.g. language or text size) we are able to provide this.  Click here to make a request, telling us your preferred format.

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