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Somerset County Council today announced a £6m investment boost for its Children’s Service with plans to recruit up to 100 extra children’s social work staff. Announced by Council Leader, Cllr John Osman, at today’s Full Council meeting, the move underlines the authority’s commitment to child protection and is thought to be one of the biggest […]

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A life-changing programme to support families in Somerset has successfully helped 870 households with the most complex issues turn their lives round. The Troubled Families programme has been delivered by a partnership of Somerset County Council and the five District Councils and helps families in a number of ways. These range from encouraging children back […]

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Over 130 people spoke to Somerset County Council at the weekend, sharing their views about paving laid in Dunster’s West Street earlier this year. Representatives from the authority were in the village on Saturday to hear people’s opinions about the paving which was part of a wider highways scheme completed earlier this year. Cllr David […]

John, MTFC carer from Mendip Fostering Children Social Care Work

Experienced and prospective foster carers are being urged to think if they could offer children and young people a home, and to sign up for a rewarding career fostering with Somerset County Council. There are plenty of plus points to working for a not for profit organisation, says the Council’s Fostering Team. Every foster carer […]

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Schools across Somerset are joining forces to raise money for communities affected by the devastating recent earthquakes in Nepal. The idea of a county-wide fundraiser was suggested by the Student Council at the Blue School in Wells and quickly won the support of the two groups that represent primary and secondary school headteachers across Somerset. […]

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A lead childminder offering peer support to new and existing childminders on behalf of Somerset County Council has spoken of her love of the profession. Karen Smith, 55, from Frome, first became a childminder when her daughters were young, working from home, as she “didn’t want to miss out on their early years”. The experience […]

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Tooth extractions are the leading cause of admissions to hospital for children aged 5-9 years in Somerset and a quarter of our five year olds and a third of twelve year olds have dental decay.  This is despite it being an almost entirely preventable disease.* To help improve the quality of our oral health Somerset […]

School Children

Work to relocate a Somerset school that has been repeatedly blighted by significant flooding is set to begin in early June. The work, done on behalf of Somerset County Council, will see Countess Gytha Primary School in Queen Camel relocated to a new site on West Camel Road.  The completed school should be ready for […]

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Somerset County Council this week paid tribute to two of the County’s long-serving public figures. The meeting of the Full Council gave thanks to Lady Gass, the former Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, and the former West Somerset Coroner Michael Rose; who have both recently stepped down after many years of service to the County. Lady Gass […]

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A new Chairman, greater scrutiny for Children’s Services and new cabinet member responsibilities were set out at Somerset’s Full Council meeting yesterday. Council Leader John Osman formally announced the creation of a new Scrutiny Committee – Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families. Chaired by Cllr Leigh Redman, it will provide dedicated oversight and challenge for […]