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New support services for young people in Cornwall

Support services for young people in Cornwall are changing, with an exciting new partnership between Cornwall Council and Action for Children.

The leading UK charity, Action for Children, already provides services in Cornwall, including those for young carers, young adult carers and children with learning disabilities.

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Action for Children has won the ‘Support Services for Young People Contract’ to provide support for young people aged 11-19 and up to 25 with SEND across the Duchy.

The new service has been developed from what children and young people have told us, taking into account the views of parents/carers and through dialogue with representatives of young people’s organisations.  This service will help young people by:

  • Providing young people with the skills needed to learn about themselves and their strengths and assets, alongside learning about others and society.
  • Engaging young people in positive activities and networks.
  • Helping young people to understand their rights and develop their own voice, influence and place in society.
  • Providing opportunities for young people to acquire and develop practical and technical skills

The service will also support the development of the Youth Parliament in Cornwall. 

Cabinet member for children, wellbeing and public health, Sally Hawken, said: “We are passionate about providing young people with the best start in life and I am pleased we are able to expand our partnership working with Action for Children.    

“Young people need to have a say in how services are shaped and delivered; this is something that we have a shared passion for, and I look forward to working with the charity to develop and shape services over the coming months.”   

Action for Children is partnering with The Dreadnought Centre, Silver Cloud and Exeter University to deliver the services for young people.   

Operational director for children’s services at Action for Children in the South West, Rob Wyatt, said: “We’re delighted to be delivering the new service on behalf of Cornwall Council after many years working closely together to deliver vital services to children and young people across the county. 

As we continue to work through this pandemic, we remain committed to the delivery of our high-quality support to families who need our help now more than ever.”