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In Devon, we believe that every voice matters. We want to make sure that you have the services and opportunities you need, that’s why we want to listen, hear and understand the views of all our children and young people.

Here’s what what we mean exactly when we say listen, hear and understand. And, below, we’ve set out the ways in which you can get involved and get your voice heard.

Listen, hear, understand

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Listen – ask me first

  • Where am I in your strategic plan?
  • Where am I in your organisation’s plans?
  • Where am I in my own plan?

Hear – listen and act

  • How do you know whose voice you are hearing?
  • Can you listen to me in lots of different ways?
  • When did you ask me?
  • Have things changed?
  • How do you know I am involved?

Understand – show me, tell me, prove it

  • How do you know whose voice you are hearing?
  • Can you listen to me in lots of different ways?
  • When did you ask me?
  • Have things changed?
  • How do you know I am involved?

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Champions for Change logo and the Parent Carer Forum Devon logo

Champions for Change is the voice of all children and young people in Devon who need extra help with their learning. The group is run by young people with SEND for young people with SEND, and the champions meet up on the last Friday of every month.

The Parent Carer Forum Devon is an independent organisation of parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who want to make things better for the families, children and young people of Devon.

Children in care and care leavers

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There’s lots of information for children in care and care leavers on the Stand Up Speak Up website. There is lots of help and advice, and you can get involved through weekly groups, events and focus groups. You can also follow Stand Up Speak Up on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest news and events.

Any care-experienced young people in Devon can also use the Mind of My Own app to get messages to social workers and other staff very quickly.

Devon Youth Parliament

The UK Youth Parliament Devon is a group of young people, elected by their peers to represent them on issues affecting young people in Devon, locally, regionally and nationally.

The basis for Youth Parliament activity is derived from the Make Your Mark national youth ballot, which is open to all young people aged 11 to 18. These are the national and local campaigns for 2021.

To stay up to date with the latest activity, you can check out Devon Youth Parliament on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. For all other enquiries, please contact Claire Richardson (Participation Team Leader) by emailing


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