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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We would like to reassure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and working with the government and NHS. For guidance on coronavirus and the latest information on the situation in Devon, visit Devon County Council’s coronavirus (COVID-19) advice page. For more advice on how to stay healthy and active, visit NHS Devon. Or for guidance on keeping safe and new police powers, visit Devon and Cornwall Police’s coronavirus page.

Latest Update: Colleges, schools and childcare settings during the national lockdown

22 July 2021

Head of Children’s Social Care recruited

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Lisa Bursill has been appointed to the role of Devon County Council’s Deputy Chief Officer for Children’s Services (Head of Children’s Social Care).

15 July 2021

NYAS launch surveys for big new campaign

In Autumn this year, National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) will be launching a flagship campaign focused on children’s belongings and moving home.

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.

21 April 2021

Let’s Get Chatting campaign launches across Devon

A new campaign focusing 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.

19 January 2021

Chief Officer for Children’s Services Update

Devon’s new Chief Officer for Children’s Services, Melissa Caslake, will start with the County Council on 1 February 2021.

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.

25 May 2021

Drive to combat children’s holiday hunger in Devon gets £250,000 boost

Almost 17,000 food vouchers worth over a quarter of a million pounds are being distributed this half-term.

29 June 2021

Free online course exploring the links between mental health and communication

‘Mind Your Words’ aims to improve understanding of children and young people who have both mental health needs (or social emotional and mental health needs) and Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

25 May 2021

Holiday activities and food programme across Devon

If your organisation would like help us to deliver this programme in your area, or you know of an organisation or individual who may like to get involved, please get in touch.

25 May 2021

Drive to combat children’s holiday hunger in Devon gets £250,000 boost

Almost 17,000 food vouchers worth over a quarter of a million pounds are being distributed this half-term.

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.

13 May 2021

New campaign to raise awareness of online child exploitation

Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police have joined forces to create the new ‘Look sus? Tell us’ campaign.

13 May 2021

Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent

The bill provides protection to millions of people who experience domestic abuse and strengthens measures to tackle perpetrators.

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.

29 June 2021

Free online course exploring the links between mental health and communication

‘Mind Your Words’ aims to improve understanding of children and young people who have both mental health needs (or social emotional and mental health needs) and Speech, Language and Communication Needs.


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