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What is DYCE?

Dorset Youth Council Enables

What is DYCE?

Dorset Youth Council Enables is a youth council representing Dorset's young people and operates as a youth-led forum to instigate positive change.

DYCE have found it difficult to identify disadvantaged groups, adding that there are also varying ideas of ‘diversity’.

DYCE feel it is important to seek the voice of those young people who attend special schools or an out of county placement because they too need to help shape the decisions about how their community supports them.

Discussions and feedback from this forum will be fed back to DYCE to help them to get your voice heard locally and at the UK Youth Parliament

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Person Centred Planning

As Person Centred Planning is rolled out through adult social care it will become the key tool for individuals and their families to identify if services are working for them. Those same families are now saying how valuable these tools would have been while they were in those transitional years.

In schools, young people from the age of 14 (yr9) will be supported to think about their future and what skills they will need when they are adults. Every year they will have a person centred review [PCR] that will help everyone think about what progress the last year has made on these skills and help decide how the school can adapt their lessons to make even more progress. PCRs are a fun and visual way for a young person and their family to see how all the services ‘fit’ and how they are all contributing to help the student achieve their life goals.

Adult services have realised that they need to be engaging with young people and their families a lot earlier if they are to forward plan their services and budgets. They also understand that helping young people to identify their aspirations and goals for the future, and then working in partnership with schools and colleges to embrace those aspirations and work towards those outcomes, means that each young person has the opportunity to arrive at the point of transition in a more skilled and prepared state, have wider choices and more confidence to try new things.

Who is making decisions for you?

Who is making decisions for you?

It is so important for young people to be involved in their community and in local politics. Local and national Government decisions affect so much in their lives. For those young people with SEN this is particularly important in areas like education, children’s social care and health services.

As they then start preparing for adulthood it is important to know how the local authority support young adults in employment, housing and their ongoing health and social care services.

It is vital that young people understand the importance of their voice and come together to help local government to make good decisions on their behalf.

Dorset Youth Opportunity Fund 2012

How was the SEN speaking up forum funded?

Dorset County Council's Children's Services Directorate has been able to identify £86,000 for the Youth Opportunity Fund for the 2012/13 financial year.

Young people will have the power over where money is spent in their local area. In Dorset the decision making will be led by Dorset Youth Council Enables (DYCE) which is supported by youth workers from the early intervention service.

Young people in Dorset are invited to apply for a share of Dorset Youth Opportunity Fund to help improve facilities in their local area and young people themselves decide who is successful.

A small group of Young people with SEN who are representing all young people with additional and complex educational needs across Dorset on a new Council task group, felt they needed a different way to gather the views of those who were unable to attend the meetings.

An application was submitted to DYCE to set up a young people’s forum that will host topical discussions around education, housing, social care & health, employment, social and leisure opportunities and local transport available for those with SEN.

The application was successful and the website will be fully up and running by September 2012. For more information about DYCE or the funding contact

Local Democracy & Participation Worker
Name: Shani Bancroft
Tel: 01305 851062
Fax: 01305 851068
Mobile: 07810180873
Full details for Shani Bancroft

Using the forum

The Dorset Youth Forum has a very important purpose and so the topics being discussed will be chosen by the members themselves.

Suggestions can be posted and the moderation team will decide if they are suitable and timely for this forum.

The topics need to be something that will make a real difference to you and your friends.

The topics will be time limited. When they are taken down we will summarise them and hold the feedback in the group scrapbook.

Sometimes when the council want to ask your views on something, we will put it in an easy to read questionnaire for you to answer.

You will have a choice to be anonymous, so the feedback is confidential, but the administrator of the site will be aware of your identity to ensure safeguarding issues are followed up and you are aware your online language and behaviour is monitored.


How does My People & Places sit with Education and Transition?

'Every Child Matters' and 'Aiming High' are government strategies that require local educational establishments to work holistically towards a meaningful way in which services enable disabled young people to reach their potential in life. Working in partnership with families and using a 24/7 approach, lessons can be ensured to be purposeful. These strategies require that Person centred Reviews are a integral part of a young person’s education, as it helps them begin to make choices and take control over their lives.

The transition from school/college services to adulthood can be particularly difficult for any young person with a learning disabilities and though some individuals are able to successfully transition, most are faced with significant obstacles in multiple areas as they attempt to negotiate their way into adult services, work, community participation, housing and independent living. This has happened because Local authorities often rely on old information and do not ask families the right questions early enough to enable them to plan ahead. People and Places offers young people and their families a unique and powerful way to remove a lot of unnecessary barriers and ‘lack of opportunities’ just by having a collective voice that services can draw on for information for planning future provision. By harnessing the PCP information from everyone on the site, it is possible to tell services where there is a need [within a postcode area] when it will be needed, how many will require it! If families begin this process back in school through their PCRs, there will be better chance their child and their friends will have a greater choice when they reach Adulthood.

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