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Welcome to the Devon and Cornwall Police website for professionals working with children and young people

We are seeking the views of young people, aged 16-25, on our plans to establish a Youth Advisory Group. We really want this group to include individuals with lots of different life experiences, opinions and ideas, and we want young people to be truly involved from the ground up in creating this group. People don’t need to provide their name or any personal information on the survey, but if they are interested in applying to be part of the group in future, they can provide their contact details at the end of the survey.

We would really appreciate it if you could share this link with your colleagues, staff and any relevant partners and ask them to encourage young people that they are working with or in contact with to complete the survey and promote it on your organisation’s social media accounts.

The online survey can be accessed via the link below:

https://services.devon-cornwall.police.uk/surveys/youth-advisory/

Latest News

16/10/2021: We’re in a mental health pandemic, Somerset charity says

A mental health charity that helps young people in crisis has said the UK is in a “mental health pandemic”. In Charley’s Memory was named after 18-year-old Charley Marks from Burnham-on-Sea who killed . . . himself in 2015. Charity director Dawn Carey said demand for its services had doubled since the coronavirus pandemic began.
BBC

15/10/2021: Shout Out UK awarded youth engagement grant

Shout Out UK has been named as the latest recipient of the government’s youth engagement grant aimed at supporting young people to develop policy affecting them. The grant, previously known as the . . . youth voice groups grant, is run by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and welcomes applications for up to £58,350, for projects which “enable more young people to have their voices heard and participate in decision making on a national policy level”.
Children and Young People Now

15/10/2021: Care review maintains stance that children’s services over-investigate families despite Ofsted pushback

The children’s social care review has maintained its position that children’s services open too many investigations into families, despite Ofsted rejecting this. Responding to the sector’s feedback to . . . its ‘case for change’ report published in June, the review said it was important to resolve why the number of child protection investigations that did not result in a child protection plan had increased threefold in the decade to 2019-20.
Community Care

15/10/2021: Facebook must prioritise children’s wellbeing, Zuckerberg is told

Facebook has lost the trust of parents, is prioritising commercial gain over children’s needs and must take steps to restore faith in its platforms, a global alliance of child protection campaigners . . . and experts has warned Mark Zuckerberg.
Guardian

14/10/2021: Devon teens create mental health resources for schools

A group of teenagers from Devon are providing schools with mental health resources in a bid to start conversations and help fellow students. Conor, founder of Spark UK, said there was a “lack of . . . resources and education for teachers”. The teenagers, aged between 14 and 16, are distributing the supplies to 60 schools across England, including in Lincoln, London and Bristol.
BBC

14/10/2021: Online campaign launches to tackle youth loneliness

An online campaign using a digital recreation of the night sky has launched to offer support to the 1.9m young people in the UK affected by social isolation. The campaign sees the launch of support . . . website Lonelynotalone.org, which aims to connect young people using an online replica of the evening’s night sky.
Children and Young People Now

13/10/2021: Gloucester mental health podcast helps young people open up

Teenagers have said a new podcast discussing mental health in young people has helped them to open up about their own experiences. Finley, 16, from South Gloucestershire, talks about topics such as . . . self-harm, anxiety and depression in his show called Unboxed. He said he had the idea for the show during lockdown when many young people started struggling with their health.
BBC

13/10/2021: Children’s homes facing ‘horrific’ recruitment and retention problems

Residential children’s care providers are warning of a staffing crisis, amid burnout fears and a salary war breaking out among homes. One provider described the recruitment and retention problems as . . . “horrific. Like I’ve never known”. The warning has been made by the Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA) after it canvassed members about their staff and recruitment and published the results as part of an internal memo seen by CYP Now.
Children and Young People Now

NEWSLETTER: Youth and Online Safety

Upcoming Events

06/11/2021: Early Trauma

This is a hybrid course delivery of both fact to face at Apsley House and online. I was once asked: “How you can help with early trauma when by its. . .
Taunton £65.00
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Latest Publications

23/09/2021: I wanted to be heard: Young women in the criminal justice system at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation

This briefing paper is about young women aged 17–25 in contact with the criminal justice system and their experiences of violence, abuse and. . .
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23/09/2021: What’s wrong with remanding children to prison?: Remand briefing one: Emerging themes

Remanding a child to custody disrupts their life, their plans for the future and their relationships with friends and family. Penal institutions are. . .
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16/09/2021: Youth Justice Board Annual Report and Accounts, 2020 to 2021

During 2020/21 we continued to champion the evidence-informed Child First guiding principle which sees children as children first. This was a key. . .
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Links/Organisations

Lonely not alone

Take a step into the Lonely Not Alone universe, a safe place for young people to share stories, find our tribe and discover the one small step that. . .
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The Young Foundation

Connected, thriving communities are the foundation of our society. They keep us safer, happier and healthier – more resilient and able to face shared. . .
Website

White Gold Cornwall

White Gold Cornwall works with children, young people and adults across the whole of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly providing 1:1 mentoring to help. . .
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