Category Archives : Terri Beer – Children and Young People

Plymouth turns the spotlight on tackling child sexual abuse

We can work together to prevent child sexual abuse. That’s the message from the members of Plymouth’s Safeguarding Children Board ahead of a big conference in the city next week.   A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities.   There does not have to be physical contact and it […]

Plymouth supports LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

As part of its ongoing work to ensure more children are placed in loving, stable homes, Plymouth City Council is supporting LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (Monday 5 to Sunday 11 March). The Council is particularly looking for homes for older children and brothers and sisters. One in ten adoptions in England in 2017 were […]

Secondary school place allocations announced for September 2018

The number of young people applying for a secondary school place has increased this year, as thousands of primary pupils in Plymouth find out which school they will be going to this September. The Council have confirmed that 87 per cent of young people received their first choice of school, 7.68 per cent their second […]

New Members of Youth Parliament elected

Plymouth’s young people turned out in force over the past two weeks to vote in the city’s UK Youth Parliament elections. A total of 6644 young people voted, which is the highest ever number of voters in a Plymouth UK Youth Parliament election. Plymouth’s new Members of Youth Parliament are Alana Jones and Sam Cade. […]

Council wins award in Hearts for the Arts award

A unique campaign to encourage more people to consider fostering has been named the Best Local Authority Initiative in the National Campaign for the Arts’ Hearts For The Arts Awards 2018. I.AM.NOT.A.ROBOT, by Plymouth City Council has been named Best Local Authority Arts Initiative in the awards which celebrate the work of councils, councillors and council […]

Plymouth’s newly qualified social workers celebrated

The latest group of newly qualified children’s social workers have been presented with certificates of completion by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Wendy Foster, at a special ceremony. The certificates mark the successful completion of the social workers’ assessed and supported first year in practice. Newly Qualified Social Workers have made a significant contribution to safeguarding […]

Green light given at Full Council for contractual arrangement with Torbay

It was confirmed at last night’s Full Council that Plymouth City Council will take on the full managerial responsibility for Children’s Services in Torbay. Full Council has endorsed the Cabinet’s decision to enter into a formal contractual arrangement for Plymouth to manage Torbay Council’s Children’s Services, it is due to come into effect from 1 […]

2017 GCSE and post 16 results statement

The finalised GCSE and A-Level results for Plymouth show a mixed picture. The city’s A-level results are broadly in-line with national figures, with students receiving average grades of C+ for their best three courses. GCSE results are showing performance of Plymouth schools is below other parts of the country. In English and mathematics a total […]

A fin-tastic day for young Plymouth carers

To celebrate this year’s Young Carers Day on Thursday 25 January, the National Marine Aquarium was pleased to host a special visit for a group of young carers from Plymouth. An annual event, Young Carers Day recognises the incredible contribution of 700,000 young people across the UK who provide valuable care and support and is […]

Plymouth foster carers celebrated at special award ceremony

Foster carers from across Plymouth have been praised for their invaluable service to children and young people at a special celebration ceremony. The Celebration in Excellence event, which was held at Devonport Guildhall, celebrated the outstanding continued commitment and dedication of carers. The Council paid tribute to the contribution all carers make towards the lives […]

Aiming high: Plymouth’s plan for the Class of 2020

Plymouth’s children and young people look set to benefit from an exciting new plan for education. Schools, academies and nurseries are being asked to join a partnership with the Council as part of a bold move to drive up improvements through more collaboration and support across education in the city. The Plan for Education is […]

Five days left to apply for a primary school place in September

If your child is due to start at primary school for the first time in September 2018, or junior school for children who have completed Year 2, you only have five days left to get your applications in. The deadline for parents and carers to express their preferences for primary and junior school admissions is […]

Contractual arrangements to manage Torbay’s Children Services to be discussed

Plans for Plymouth City Council to move forward with a contractual arrangement to manage Torbay Council’s Children’s Services will be considered by Plymouth’s Cabinet on Tuesday 16 January and then discussed at Full Council on 29 January. The report outlines the work that has been undertaken to ensure that Plymouth City Council will have the […]

Life Chances Fund to change lives in Plymouth

Up to 40 women in Plymouth are set to benefit after Plymouth City Council secured an in-principle grant of £540k from the Life Chances Fund. Over the next three years, the money will go towards the development of a new service in Plymouth, specifically for families experiencing a cycle of repeated care proceedings, to try […]

Get your secondary school applications in by the end of this month

  Parents whose children are due to start Year 7 at secondary school or Year 10 at Key Stage 4 in September 2018 have until the end of this month to express their preference of which three schools they would like their child to attend. The deadline for secondary school and Key Stage 4 schools […]

Young offenders make amends by getting creative

Young offenders with the Plymouth Youth Offending Team are being given a chance to make amends for their crimes by taking part in a special community reparation project. Reparation is a practical way to pay back the harm caused by young people who commit offences, either by directly repairing the harm caused or through constructive […]

Free childcare hours to be increased for working parents

Eligible working parents will be entitled to up to 30 hours a week free childcare from this month under a new Government initiative. All three and four year olds already get 15 hours of free childcare over 38 weeks of the year (or fewer hours over more weeks), and this is now being doubled and […]

2018 school admission places open from Monday 4 September

September 2018 may seem ages away but if your child is due to start school you need to start the application process now. From Monday 4 September Plymouth City Council is taking applications from families whose children are due to start at: primary school for the first time in September 2018 junior school (having completed […]

Building begins at Plymouth primary school

Work on Yealmpstone Farm Primary School is set to begin. When the £2.8 million works are complete, the Plympton-based school will be able to offer 420 places for local children; exactly double the 210 it can provide today. Contractors Ryearch Ltd will arrive at the school on Wednesday and will set up and prepare the […]

A-Level statement 2017

Students across Plymouth will be collecting A Level and other Post-16 results today and early indications look like a slight improvement on last year’s results. Plymouth’s schools, colleges and training provides offer a wide range of courses to students including; A Levels, technical courses and apprenticeships. Successful students will now find there are routes into […]

Working together to prevent tombstoning in Plymouth

Plymouth police and city council will be joining forces in a campaign aimed at preventing serious injury and death on the Hoe foreshore and other sites this summer. One man died from tombstoning in Plymouth in 2016 and many more have received serious injuries. Risks of tombstoning include: High risk of death or life-changing injuries […]

Council funding helps Ernesettle youth project shoot for stars

An Ernesettle youth project is shooting for the stars after a rocketing £20,000 funding boost from Plymouth City Council. SPACE Shot supports young people between the ages of 10 and 19 and is run by Plymouth charity Barefoot. SPACE Shot has now worked with a total of 293 individual young people from different backgrounds with […]

Don’t be bored this summer – still some places left on Summer Mix activity programme

There are still some places left on the Summer Mix activity programme so there is no excuse for being bored this summer. From experiencing a working farm for the day to jewellery making, football and archery, there really is something for everyone in this year’s Summer Mix programme. Plymouth City Council’s Community Connections Youth Team […]

School sites set for investment

Three Plymouth primary schools are set to benefit from a series of improvement works. The biggest project will see a £2.8m expansion to Yealmpstone Farm Primary School. When works are complete, the Plympton-based school will be able to offer 420 places for local children; exactly double the 210 it can provide today. Meanwhile, Laira Green […]

Sign up for our free Summer Mix activity programme now

From archery to skateboarding via boxing, learning how to DJ and first aid, there really is something for everyone in this year’s Summer Mix programme. Plymouth City Council’s Community Connections Youth Team has organised and funded hundreds of free activities for young people in Plymouth to liven up the school summer holidays. You can sign […]

Plymouth supports Foster Care Fortnight 2017

Plymouth City Council’s Fostering team is on a mission to find people with time, energy, motivation and a spare bedroom who are able to care for some of Plymouth’s most vulnerable young people as part of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign (8-21 May). Foster Care Fortnight is a national campaign which raises the profile […]

Plymouth children find out which primary school they will be going

Thousands of Plymouth primary children will find out today which school they will be going to in September. The latest figures show that 98.27 per cent of city children (2833) were allocated one of their three preferences this year. 92.2 per cent received their first choice of school. 5.31 per cent of children received their […]

Graduates wanted for a life-changing career in child and family social work

Plymouth City Council has teamed up with the Department of Education and other councils in the region including Devon, Cornwall and Torbay to offer a specialist social work training programme. Step up to social work is encouraging graduates to apply to a fast-track programme to become the next generation of child and family social workers. […]

Summer Mix 2016 going local – celebration event

Young people, youth workers and parents came together last week for a special celebration event as part of last year’s Summer Mix programme. The event highlighted the range of exciting activities that were on offer by showing a short film created by young people and Marjons. The 2016 Summer Mix programme, organised and funded by […]

More foster carers needed to help change a vulnerable child’s life

To keep up with the growing demand for more fostering placements in Plymouth, the City Council is increasing the level of support currently available to foster carers. From 1 April the Council will be offering a new fee structure which rewards carers who are able to provide homes for sibling groups or more than one […]