CSE is a type of sexual abuse. It is when someone takes advantage of anyone under the age of 18 sexually, for their own or other people’s benefit or enjoyment. This frequently involves using threats, bribes, violence, humiliation, or emotional blackmail. It can be difficult to identify because those who have suffered often do not […]

Somerset’s roads are statistically the safest they have ever been – but sadly there was a small increase in the number of deaths last year. The number of people seriously injured on Somerset’s roads dropped by almost 16 per cent from 188 in 2016 to 158 compared to 2015, however the number of fatalities rose […]

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is supporting National HIV Testing Week this week, raising awareness of HIV testing and highlighting where and how to test. Run by HIV Prevention England, this week encourages people to take a simple and quick finger prick test. Anyone can be affected by HIV. The campaign encourages those disproportionately […]

Somerset’s teacher training programme has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for the high level learning, support and opportunities offered to trainees. The top rating has been maintained since 2005 and Somerset School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) is recognised by the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) as being in the top 25 per […]

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet this week endorsed proposals to take the next step towards Devolution. It backed recommendations that would see a Joint Committee established for the Heart of the South West (HotSW) area. Later this month Full Council will decide whether to accept the recommendations and commit the authority to the new arrangements. Somerset […]

Money

Somerset’s County and District councils have bid to be part of a pilot scheme that could mean an extra £4m for the County Council. The Government has asked local authority areas if they want to be part of a Business Rates retention trial next financial year and Somerset’s authorities have jointly expressed their interest. The […]

Hundreds of business leaders from across the region have been given a taste of the digital skills being nurtured in Taunton’s Glass Box. Staff from Somerset County Council’s Library service showcased the Glass Box’s work to 300 delegates from across the South West attending the annual conference of the Heart of the South West Local […]

‘Speed Down Save Lives’ is the strong message from Somerset County Council and others promoted during next week’s Road Safety Week. Road Safety Week (20-26 November) is a nationwide initiative by the charity Brake. This year’s theme is speed – a factor which contributes to a significant number of fatalities on the roads. Brake is […]

More than 160 permanent social workers have been appointed by Somerset County Council’s children’s service in the last two years, key councillors were told today. Since August 2015, 165 have joined the council following a recruitment push in support of the authority’s improvement work in the service. And, as set out in a report discussed […]

Comic fanatics are invited to attend an exciting workshop at Taunton Library on Saturday 25 November. The workshops are hosted by Neill Cameron, author of the Phoenix Comics works Tamsin in the Deep and Mega Robo Bros. Neil will discuss his work and show the children how to create their own awesome comics. Join Neill […]

Somerset County Council is supporting Think! road safety in its latest campaign to deter young drivers from using their mobile phones while driving. Research has shown that younger drivers are three times more likely to use a mobile phone while driving than older drivers. They are also less likely to consider using a mobile phone […]