Youngsters Views To Be Sought ‘Big Brother’ Style

The Five Islands School

Council staff are using the controversial television show Big Brother as a model to find out how young people in Scilly feel about life and the services they are offered.

Councillors have heard that a diary room, similar to the one used on the tv show, will be set up to give youngsters a chance to sound-off about issues and concerns in a consultation excercise at the end of June.

The previous government made it mandatory to provide a Children and Young People’s plan, but the new coalition government has revoked that reqiurement, so the work doesn’t have to be done .

But staff are going ahead with a small community consultation programme beginning on the 6th June on St Marys with shorter sessions on the off islands.

The items for feedback will include the amount of post-16 years support provided for our young people and their emotional well-being and health provision.

Councillors also heard that two new positions designed to improve the health and well being of school pupils have been filled.

Fran Clark is working 15 hours a week as a school nurse and has been since late January. Fran has said that pupils and teachers are reacting positively to having a school nurse and she says it is an honour to fill the role.

Natalie Williams is working just over 20 hours a week as a health support worker. She’ll be based for two days a week at the Council’s Carn Thomas site.

The women have had training in health and safety, signs of bullying or harassment and equality issues.

The NHS is paying for the positions with some cash coming from the council.