What does it feel like to be a young person living in Torbay today?

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Torbay carried out a survey and community engagement events from Spring to Autumn 2018, to explore the experiences of young people (aged 0-25 years) living in Torbay. This work was commissioned by the Children’s Safeguarding Board. The findings from Torbay Children and Young People’s Partnership’s ‘Imagine This’ consultation were also incorporated into this report. Feedback from the survey, community engagement events and the ‘Imagine This’ consultation identified the same key themes. The best things about living in Torbay included: the environment and local setting, available activities and events; infrastructure, family and friends, the community, and the weather. Social issues were identified as the worst thing about living in Torbay - including issues related to drugs, alcohol and homelessness. Concerns of safety, crime and an increasing gang culture were identified as clear issues faced by young people living in Torbay. Other issues included the environment and setting, specifically litter and levels of plastic in the ocean; a lack of activities suitable and affordable for young people; and inadequate infrastructure including transport, investment and shopping facilities. Concerns about a lack of meaningful organisational responses to issues previously raised were also described. Ways to improve young people’s experience of living in Torbay were identified and included: improving activities; investing in better infrastructure; helping the environment; and addressing social issues. Recommendations made focused on improving young people’s feelings of safety and positivity towards living in Torbay through: collaborative work between relevant organisations and commissioners and young people; strengthening relationships between young people and local stakeholders; continuing to evaluate and review young people’s experiences; increasing police presence around areas where young people feel unsafe; improving awareness and understanding about gang culture, crime and implications for young people; tackling the route causes of drug and alcohol misuse and homelessness; developing age appropriate, affordable and all-weather activities and providing more safe spaces for young people; and improving the environment and local area by working to reduce litter and plastic in Torbay.

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General details

Report title 
What does it feel like to be a young person living in Torbay today?
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Torbay
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 1 January, 2019
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 1 March, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 30 November, 2018
Type of report 
Key themes 
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Other local body
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Specific ethnicity if known 
Sexual orientation 
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.