The current Youth Service is delivered by more than 100 Full Time Equivalent Staff – based around the county. They operate out of more than 80 Youth focused venues of which 26 are owned/leased by DCC, a further 8 we have significant responsibility for the buildings. The remaining are secured through a variety of arrangements.
The service is a universal service offering open-access across Devon with some targeted projects within that offer, for example working with young people who go missing from home. The service also delivers outreach via ‘mobiles’ and street-based work.
It is important to note that the offer of services to young people in Devon is not delivered exclusively by Devon County Council’s Youth Service. There is a robust universal offer within the Third Sector for example the Scouting movement, leisure facilities and within universal settings such as schools and through other services within Devon – for example via public health. This offer includes access to positive activities, information, support and guidance however the targeted offer is limited.
Currently the Youth Service works mainly with young people aged 13 to 19 and has a presence in most of the coastal and market towns and a rural dimension. It offers support to the voluntary sector in localities and to county wide organisations e.g. Young Farmers, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and directly delivers the UK Youth Parliament and Children in Care Council. However given both national and local drivers set out above we need to look at remodelling the service going forward in order that diminishing resources are utilised in the most effective way.