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VOYC Devon Annual General Meeting – this is to be held 5.00 to 7.00pm Thursday 25th June at the Belmont Chapel in Exeter. Please make a note in your diary and be ready to come along and hear from the DCC Youth Service about its plans for the future.  18.05.15

DCC Ofsted Inspection - Ofsted has published the outcome of the recent inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children who are looked after, and care leavers in Devon and it says things are improving and the overall judgement is that children’s services now require improvement. The inspection report says that the quality of work with children and families and outcomes for children and young people have improved, particularly over the last six months, and that the welfare of looked after children is safeguarded and promoted. But significant areas remain where practice is not yet good enough and overall we are not yet delivering the “good” protection, help and care for children, young people and families that we wish to achieve. In the report, lead inspector, Jansy Kelly, says that overall, the pace of change and progress since the last inspection have been sufficient to move DCC to a position where its safeguarding and children's services now require improvement. But inspectors reported that the experiences and progress of care leavers remain inadequate, and the achievement of looked after children in education needs to be significantly improved, particularly in secondary schools. Inspectors also said DCC need to engage actively with partner agencies to ensure that early help and safeguarding services to children and their families continue to develop and become fully effective. 18.05.15

Multi Agency Case Audit (MACA) Best Practice Seminars - DSCB are running FREE workshops across Devon on issues around children with additional needs for all practitioners working with children and families. The seminar will include feedback on the recent MACA’s on children with disabilities as well as examples of good practice and guest speakers. MACA Workshops 18.05.15

DCC Ofsted Inspection - Ofsted has published the outcome of the recent inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children who are looked after, and care leavers in Devon and it says things are improving and the overall judgement is that children’s services now require improvement. The inspection report says that the quality of work with children and families and outcomes for children and young people have improved, particularly over the last six months, and that the welfare of looked after children is safeguarded and promoted. But significant areas remain where practice is not yet good enough and overall we are not yet delivering the “good” protection, help and care for children, young people and families that we wish to achieve. In the report, lead inspector, Jansy Kelly, says that overall, the pace of change and progress since the last inspection have been sufficient to move DCC to a position where its safeguarding and children's services now require improvement. But inspectors reported that the experiences and progress of care leavers remain inadequate, and the achievement of looked after children in education needs to be significantly improved, particularly in secondary schools. Inspectors also said DCC need to engage actively with partner agencies to ensure that early help and safeguarding services to children and their families continue to develop and become fully effective. 13.05.15

Children & Young People Now Awards are open for entries to find the best organisations, projects, teams and individuals working with children, young people and families across the UK. Closing date is 3rd July.06.05.15

What the Health! - Healthwatch Devon, working in partnership with Soundart Radio (the community station for the Totnes area) are looking for health (and related) professionals who are happy to be interviewed by young people for their ‘What The Health!’ show. The programmes offer a platform where children and young people can ask questions that are important to them about health and wellbeing. Could you contribute on any of the following topics, or anything else that concerns young people?

• Mental health

• Wellbeing

• Local environment

• Learning difficulties

• Sexual health

• Drugs and alcohol

Please contact Name: Aggie Szpinda on 01392 248919 ext*180 or email aggie@healthwatchdevon.co.uk 06.05.15

Updating Trustees Workshops - Thomas Westcott is running workshops that will provide Trustees with the opportunity to update themselves on current regulations and governance impacting charities, to include SORP 2014, Trustees’ Report, New Audit Limits, Gift Aid, Charity Structure and Trading, Auto Enrolment and Governance. All workshops will be 15.45 for a 16.00 start and finish at 18.00.

• 2nd June - Barnstaple Hotel, Braunton Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1LE

• 3rd June - Southgate Hotel, Exeter, EX1 1QF

• 8th June - Grand Hotel, Seafront, Torquay, TQ2 6NT

• 9th June - TR2, Unit 2, 12 Neptune Park, Cattedown, Plymouth, PL4 0SJ

• 10th June - The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. There is no charge to attend this event but please email Olivia Burls - events@thomaswestcott.co.uk or 01392 288555 to let them know you will be attending. 28.04.15

Devon Youth Service Contact List - an up to date list (March 2015) has been produced giving contact details of all youth service staff. 02.04.15

Did you know … that VOYC provides practical help and support to help local groups develop their services?  Since the beginning of September Mark Goodman has been working with nine organisations helping them review their Child Protection policies, advising on Child Protection induction training and DBS checks. If you organisation needs help on these or any other area of work with children and young people then please contact the VOYC office - help is a phone call or email away! 22.10.14

VOYC DIARY DATES 2015

June

Thursday 25th - VOYC Devon Annual General Meeting, Belmont Chapel, Exeter. Details to follow.

June

Tuesday 7th - Child Protection Training - Barnstaple (9.15 am - 1 pm) - Booking Form

VOYC Member Benefits Guide sets out what we can offer your organisation and includes member to member discounts and deals. 

We have now produced a Members Directory May 2015 which can be downloaded in pdf format.  It includes information about each individual group together with a useful website link, where appropriate.

VACANCIES ADDED TO THE SITE 18th May 2015 - Job Vacancies 

VOYC can offer up-to-date GUIDANCE AND MODEL CHILD PROTECTION POLICY for your organisation. Please see http://www.voyc.org.uk/resource/cat/safeguarding/1036

 

 

 

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