BETA Sensory Services Codesign 2018

Here’s the journey so far – click on the headings for more information.

  • Open Letter to Children and Young People

    Devon County Council is thinking about services that support Children and Young People who have a visual impairment, or who are Deaf or deaf, have a multisensory impairment, are deafblind, or have a hearing impairment.

    We are really interested to know what you think about the services you have or have had, and anything that could improve them. You can also tell us things you didn’t like about them. The reason we want to know is we want to make things better for Children and Young People in the future, by learning from the Children and Families that use the services.

    We will learn from what you have shared with us, and then think about how we can best plan things for the future.

    You can tell us what questions you would like to be asked, or that you think we should ask other young people at the drop in event.

    Please find a link below which will take you to a form where you can tell us what you think. You can even start by telling us what questions you would like to be asked, or that you think we should ask other young people at the drop in event.

    We are also holding a drop in event on Saturday 21 April, if you want to, you could come along and meet with staff from the childrens commissioning team (who are responsible for planning and reviewing services).We would really like to know what’s important FOR you, and what’s important TO you about the support you get, or want.

    • Online Consulation

      An online ‘have your say’ consultation was conducted between the 16th January 2018 and 9th February 2018, with regard to sensory services. The survey asked 7 questions. The questions were a mixture of ranking of priorities, scaling questions (with regard to current services effectiveness to meet needs) as well as open  questions. This was in order to gather feedback with regard to any gaps in provision, and where improvements can be made, what changes were needed to do so. 86 responses were received in total.

      • Parent Carers' Event - March 2018

        A workshop event was held with parents and carers in March to further develop the feedback from the online consultation. A set of key principles for a sensory service is starting to be co-designed, this work is ongoing and plans are in place to hold a second event with providers and parents and carers in May 2018.

        poster for the parent event on 29th March

        This is what parent carers said about the day:

        three quotes from families who attended the parent carer event and felt it was helpful

        • Children and Young People's Drop-in Event - April 2018

          yellow poster for drop in young people's event on 21st april 2018


          On 21st April, we held a drop-in event for children and young people at the SENSE café in Exeter.


          The photo below was taken before anyone arrived!

          Some of the children helped to think about the perfect ingredients for a sensory service. We added the ingredients and stirred them into the saucepan to make the perfect service. The children wanted to call their delicious recipe “Sensory Science”.

          We shared the feedback that parents had given us on 29th March about the one change they would like to see. We asked people who attended the workshop to vote with stickers to say whether they agreed (green sticker), disagreed (red sticker) or were unsure (yellow sticker) about these priorities. photo of the voting table with pictures of the priorities


          Children and young people at the event demonstrated a desire for the wider workforce to have a greater understanding of Sensory Impairments and strategies to support them. Children told us about the importance of joined up working, it was important for young people that school knew what was happening at home for example. Young people felt opportunities to develop relationships with professionals was important, in order to feel safe and to take appropriate risks. Young people shared that it was important for them to be able to explore communication methods of their own choosing, not just those that professionals chose.