Previous engagement phase of review

Background information

The Youth Service is a key part of the offer we deliver to young people and communities.

We want a sustainable service that meets our legal duties, is properly focussed on those that need our help and support the most, and serves our communities well with the resources available.


Councillor William Mumford, Cabinet Member Schools, Childrens’ Services and Post 16 Skills, outlines the challenges to be faced for public services relating to children and families


The Youth Service is a part of a wider youth offer currently delivered to young people across Devon.

This includes both other public service provision targeting young people and that within the voluntary and community sector.

Changes in Government policy, a need to focus on helping young people who need our help and support the most, and reducing public sector resources mean that we need to look carefully at the way that youth services are currently delivered.

The recent Ofsted inspection of Children’s services clearly highlights a need to strengthen our early help and preventative services and youth work has a key role to play in this.

Devon is now one of the few local authorities in the country still providing a universal service with some targeted projects and outreach.

A thorough review has therefore been called by the Council’s Cabinet to make sure we get the most from the available public resources and can build on existing strengths within our communities.

The review aims to build on previous engagement work with young people, staff, schools and voluntary sector providers and make detailed recommendations on the future of the service as a part of our offer to young people across the county.


This information is intended to help inform the debate about the future of Youth Services in Devon: