Devon youth health survey prompts responses

PUBLISHED: 17:36 25 January 2011

LINk Devon report highlights recommendations about health services for Devon’s young people

NHS Devon and Devon County Council have responded to results of a health survey of young people in Devon this week.

The Local Involvement Network for Devon (LINk Devon) highlighted a series of recommendations about health services for Devon’s young people in a recently published report, which consulted nearly 500 young people across the county over a period of six months.

A new Youth Bytes information service in school IT sessions, development of a new website dedicated to youth sexual health and healthy eating, plus an analysis of school nurse availability, are already planned as part of the county’s comprehensive package to improve access to services.

This is part of an NHS pledge to represent the views and needs of young people and take them into account in the continued development of on-line services.

LINk has been developing a new network for young people in Devon.

Learn, Observe, Gain and Organize (L.O.G.O) represents 13-18-year olds from across the county on health services in their communities, working with providers and peers to help raise awareness, gather views and shape future of Children and Young People’s Health services in their communities, through events and social networking.

In the light of proposed County Council cuts of over £14 million to Children and Young People’s Services, LINk Devon will work to ensure the changes are implemented and the community continues to be represented fairly.

*To get involved or have your say contact the LINk on (01404) 549045 or visit www.linkdevon.org.uk.


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