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South West Child Protection Procedures

Our child protection procedures aim to support safeguarding practice and provide a consistent approach to safeguarding children and young people.

These should be used regularly by practitioners, especially those who need clarification about policies and procedures or who are unsure about how to respond to a safeguarding issue they encounter during their work.

25 November 2021

Devon’s Children’s Service announces name of new SEND model, chosen by you!

The new model aims to ensure that every child or young person gets the support they and their families need and achieve their best in life.

24 November 2021

New partnership brings new free school a step closer

The innovative partnership will deliver a special school providing 120 places for children aged from 5 to 16

22 November 2021

Free school meals holiday vouchers doubled for Christmas

Families in Devon on low-incomes, whose children receive free school meals, will get extra support this Christmas to help them buy food during the holidays.

3 August 2021

Parents Childcare Survey Summer 2021

We need your help to plan and make sure that there is enough childcare for you to work or train. Whether you use childcare or not, your voice counts!

21 April 2021

Let’s Get Chatting campaign launches across Devon

A new campaign centring on the importance of speech, language and communication in children from antenatal to five years old has launched this week.

11 February 2021

A message from our new Chief Officer for Children’s Services

Melissa Caslake is delighted to have joined Devon County Council and has shared the following update for Children’s Services staff and partners.

2 September 2021

Back to school information

With the start of the academic year just around the corner, here’s some useful information to help you and your child prepare for September.

15 July 2021

Supporting Children and Young People with Developmental Language Disorder

Did you know that Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) affects at least 7.5% of all children and young people in the UK? That’s two children in every average class of 30.

15 July 2021

Speaking up for the Covid generation

A report by I CAN has identified that 1.5 million children across the UK are at risk of being left behind with their speaking and understanding as a result of Covid-19.

26 October 2021

Young people aged 12 to 15 are being offered the coronavirus vaccine

12 to 15 year olds will be offered one dose of the vaccine, which they will be able to get through their school or at a local vaccination site.

20 September 2021

Protect you and your baby by having the COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women are being reassured by the NHS in Devon that having the vaccination is the best and safest way to protect them and their baby.

20 September 2021

12 to 15 year olds to be offered the vaccination

The NHS is preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme, supported by GPs and community pharmacies.

22 November 2021

SaFest 2021 starts today

Events will be running all week (22-26 November 2021), with a range of fantastic keynote speeches and workshops taking place. 

26 October 2021

SaFest 2021 – virtual safeguarding festival

Devon’s Virtual Safeguarding Festival will be back for a second year and will take place during the week of 22-26 November 2021.

15 July 2021

Ofsted focused visit report published

Devon’s vital children’s services have provided a well-coordinated and effective response to the challenges of COVID, according to Government inspectors.

25 November 2021

Devon’s Children’s Service announces name of new SEND model, chosen by you!

The new model aims to ensure that every child or young person gets the support they and their families need and achieve their best in life.

24 November 2021

New partnership brings new free school a step closer

The innovative partnership will deliver a special school providing 120 places for children aged from 5 to 16

16 September 2021

Small Grants scheme

We are pleased to announce that the small grants scheme is now open and inviting applications.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For guidance on coronavirus and the latest information on the situation in Devon, please visit Devon County Council’s coronavirus (COVID-19) advice page. Additionally, refer to NHS Devon for the latest updates about local health services developments.

You can book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointments via the NHS website.


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