Youth services consultation

Public consultation findings

The public consultations were led by a councillor and supported by officers from the council. A presentation was given and an open questions and answer session took place where the attendees were invited to raise questions and comments. Below is a headline record  per area. These have been taken in the round to help revise the proposal. There may be points raised that have been excluded but are picked up in other areas.

 

Exmouth – 11 March 2014

Attended by 28 people

Questions:

  • How much financial support will be available for volunteers
  • How will the Hive continue
  • What about mobile units, will they continue
  • Where will I run my project
  • Who else has expressed an interest in Exmouth
  • Are you working in partnership with stakeholders
  • How can quality of provision be assured

Comments:

  • The loss of the Exmouth youth centre, The Hive, will be huge
  • The timing of this is after the budgets have been set by local councils
  • There will be differences in the running costs of a building if run by a voluntary (not for profit) sector organisation
  • The Youth service does work with vulnerable young people
  • This meeting isn’t at the best time of day
  • Don’t rely on volunteers
  • The Children with special needs group (Block club) that takes place at the Hive by DYS staff will have nowhere to go
  • Acknowledge that there is a qualified 3rd sector out there
  • There will be TUPE – Transfer of Undertakings Protection of employment risk to voluntary groups

 

Newton Abbot – 17 March 2014

Attended by 38 people

Questions:

  • Isn’t the youth service running an early help system
  • What are the running costs of each centre
  • Where do the non youth service groups that use the centre go instead.

Comments:

  • There are limited volunteers
  • Volunteers wont have training to deal with some young people
  • Keep CHANCES programme
  • Outreach/mobile work is essential
  • Young people’s views need to be included in the final proposals
  • Clarify language and terminology
  • Young people don’t want one to one work, group work is more engaging
  • Pool resources across agencies to come up with one information, advice and guidance service
  • Merge youth centres

 

Tiverton – 24 March 2014

Attended by 27 people

Questions:

  • How will DCC ensure alternatives are safe
  • What if alternatives are no good
  • How can Young people have a say in what alternatives are agreed
  • What about fundraising we have done for the centres we attend
  • If a centre is kept open, can it be used by other community groups
  • Can we pay for youth worker staff time
  • How will vulnerable young people be identified

Comments:

  • Worried about confidentiality of volunteers
  • We will lose the trusted relationship with youth workers
  • There is a shortfall of volunteers
  • There is insufficient time to set this alternative provision up
  • Valuable youth skills will be lost, please ensure alternatives providers are sufficiently trained

 

Barnstaple – 26 March 2014

Attended by 27 people

Questions:

  • Can the building be kept open for a while to give us time to organise alternatives
  • Can the building be used for other community provision

Comments:

  • Shortage of volunteers
  • Rural areas are already stretched for provision
  • Lose the bridge to support the step down from intensive support
  • Youth Worker presence has a positive impact on communities
  • Don’t rely on other services to pick up the slack
  • The remaining staff will be travelling more than working with young people, we are a rural community
  • There are examples of positive working with young people not by Devon Youth Service

 

Dartington – 29 April 2014

Attended by 29 people

Questions:

  • What other options have been considered
  • What assurances will young people have that alternative provision is safe and skilled
  • Where are the vulnerable going to go.
  • How do I reach out to young people if there is no centres and no staff so support me – member of UKYP

Comments:

  • Concern that the proposal is replacing professionals with amateurs. How will Ofsted respond to that
  • Vulnerable are stigmatised/labelled
  • Young people will fall through the net

 

Bideford – 9 April 2014

Attended by 34 people

Questions:

  • What other options have been considered
  • What assurances will young people have that alternative provision is safe and skilled, particularly where young people are stepping down from receiving intensive support
  • Where are the vulnerable going to go
  • How do I reach out to young people if there is no centres and nor staff so support me – member of UKYP
  • How will young people have a voice

Comments:

  • Concern that the proposal is replacing professionals with amateurs. How will Ofsted respond to that
  • Vulnerable are stigmatised/labelled
  • Young people will fall through the net
  • Consider the whole system of young peoples services, can youth centres be the hub to share knowledge and approach
  • The whole Youth service profession is being lost in Devon

 

Tavistock – 16 April 2014

Attended by 35 people

Questions:

  • Who will provide information advice and guidance
  • Can an independent review of the impact the changes will have be undertaken
  • Can a building be retained for youth based activities
  • Can youth work expertise be bought back/paid for on a sessional basis into the area

Comments:

  • There isn’t enough capacity in the voluntary/volunteering sector
  • The Community and Voluntary sector rely on local youth work network grants, less funding will have a significant impact on them
  • Retain mobile units to provide a service if there are no buildings
  • Young people will fall through the net and not be identified early
  • Propping up social care hasn’t been successful in other local authorities
  • There will be an increase in referrals to other services in the area if Youth service is withdrawn
  • Young people wont engage at school or at home, the youth centre is the only option for them

 

Exeter – 24 April 2014

Attended by 31 people

Questions:

  • What will DCC do to monitor the impact of this change
  • Who will the youth workers be supporting
  • Have you checked to see what other councils are doing
  • If you are inviting communities to take over, what will you pay for
  • Are the voluntary sector trained in the use of the Devon Assessment Framework
  • Can the private sector be involved in the process, not only the community and voluntary groups
  • Can the building be sold off but with a condition that it needs to be used for Young people
  • Is there an income generation policy

Comments:

  • We want to increase young people’s provision for those with disabilities
  • As a charity, we will need support from DCC to delivery youth provision
  • Young people will fall through the net
  • The transfer to the community and voluntary sector needs to be sustainable

 

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