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We want to hear from children and young people in Surrey

Published: 17 February 2020

User voice

Can you help us shape our strategy?

Surrey County Council want to hear from children and young people in Surrey to guide a piece of work for the Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership. It's to inform the future strategy of delivering certain services for children and young people.

The partnership are engaging with children across the county to try and get a benchmark of what key things young people understand, care about, worry about, and are interested in, in relation to their community, health and happiness.

Patricia Denney, Director of Quality and Performance for the Children's Service at Surrey said: "We're putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do, but this is the first time we've consulted them in such a widespread and comprehensive way. We want as many children and young people to engage with this survey as possible to help us understand what matters to them and give them a forum to have their voices heard. It's important for us to understand the different age demographics and how the needs of children and young people may evolve so that our services can adapt with them."

Surrey's User Voice and Participation team work with all children and young people across Surrey to ensure their voices are heard. This includes those accessing emotional health and wellbeing services across Surrey – including SEND, Looked After Children and Care Leavers.

The User Voice and Participation team will be engaging with children and young people at youth groups and schools across the county and promoting the survey to professionals and partners who work closely with young people, such as Surrey Youth Focus.

Can you help us?

Part of this engagement exercise is an online survey. We're asking if parents and guardians can help children and young people to fill it in so we get to hear the voices of as many young people in Surrey as possible. It should only take 5-10 minutes of your time.

The closing date for the online survey is 18 April 2020.

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