Our youngest son is 19 and I can safely say that you never stop worrying about your children.
He has just embarked on a trip of a lifetime – a two-month journey around southeast Asia, visiting Thailand and Bangkok.
It is a fantastic opportunity for him to spread his wings and independently explore the world.
I have only just recovered from him completing and passing a seven-day intensive motorbike course in Exeter!
Although it is worrying, I am intensely proud of him. I can only hope that the foundations we have given to him in our family home will set him up well on his future ventures.
It’s every parent’s responsibility to keep their children safe from harm.
That includes building up the confidence and skills they need to manage risks.
That was the theme of last week’s National Child Safety Week, delivered by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, and one I fully endorse.
Although it’s difficult, we must give our children the skills they need to fly the nest and safely embark on their own journeys.
Part of the week was dedicated to raising awareness of road safety among children and young people.
That is something that this Partnership administration is committed to, so much so that we are investing £30,000 of this year’s budget to do just that, particularly around our schools.
No price can be put on the value of a child’s life.
Protecting children and improving children’s services in Torbay has been a big priority and so it’s pleasing to see that the Government has now lifted the revised Statutory Direction issued to us.
This required the council to continue to take steps to improve its children’s social care services after inadequate ratings.
However, following our ‘good’ Ofsted rating, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families confirmed the Statutory Direction had been lifted and described our improvement as an impressive achievement in a very challenging period.
This removes a significant layer of bureaucracy from us and marks a significant milestone in our transformation journey.
It was also National Carers’ Week from June 6 to 12. It was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the contribution our care workers make to families and communities across the Bay.
My father Eric has been in a care home for the past two years so I understand first hand and fully appreciate everything care workers do to look after his needs.
My mother-in-law also lives with myself and my wife, Mandy, and we all rely heavily on the fantastic support that carers give to her on a daily basis in our home.
Like everywhere else there is a national shortage of care workers, which is a growing issue in Torbay because we have an increasingly ageing population.
To try and encourage more people to consider becoming a care worker as a career, the council has teamed up with providers across the Bay.
If you’d like to find out more, please visit www.torbaycares.co.uk or text ‘I care’ to 60060.
And, finally, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the Jubilee weekend celebrations in Torbay.
It takes a huge amount of work to pull off events this big and to keep the show on the road.
I’d like to congratulate those involved in managing and organising the celebrations, but also all those who volunteered and worked through the long bank holiday for Music on the Meadow and the English Riviera Airshow.
SWISCo employees did a fantastic job of keeping on top of the mountains of rubbish that needed collecting and clearing up over the four days!
Although the weather wasn’t very kind on Sunday, I’ve had lots of people come up to me over the past week to say how much they enjoyed the celebrations.
I hope it provided a much-needed boost to Torbay’s local economy.
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