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Somerset steps up to support Afghan refugees

People across Somerset have been stepping forward to help support Afghan refugees as the crisis being played out in the international spotlight deepens. Somerset County Council is committed to help a scheme to house Afghans who supported British military and to resettle interpreters and translators. And local residents have done our county proud offering spare […]

SEND Services maintaining progress

Millions invested in Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND), service access improvements, positive user feedback and strong project management lead advisors to conclude Somerset’s SEND services remain on track. A recent Department for Education and NHS visit concluded Somerset SEND services for children and young people in Somerset continue to ‘maintain progress’ – despite the […]

Covid-19 testing remains key as self-isolation rules change

People who test positive for Covid-19 still need to self-isolate for 10 days, but from today (Monday, 16 August) people who have both doses of their coronavirus vaccine, and those aged 18 and under, will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. […]

Council commits to expanding Care Leavers interview scheme

As part of Somerset County Council’s commitment to support care leavers, the council has agreed to extend its Care Leaver Guaranteed Interview Scheme to anybody who was in care as a child, wherever that was, and whatever their age now. This means people who have been in the care of a Local Authority for a […]

Celebrations for Children In Care

The efforts and achievements of more than 360 Somerset children and young people in care have been celebrated at the return of the Annual Achievement Awards. 367 children and young people were recognised for their efforts through nominations from Somerset County Council foster carers, schools, social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals. The […]

£1.8m investment in hydrotherapy pool at Selworthy School

Work has started on a new £1.8m hydrotherapy pool at Selworthy School in Taunton which will help the school meet the therapeutic needs of its most complex children. Selworthy School is a school for children and young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) aged 4-19. Somerset County Council is investing a total of […]

Summer Holidays food support for Somerset families

Somerset County Council will continue to provide help to families in need of food support over the school Summer Holidays. The Department of Work and Pensions has extended its Covid Local Support Grant, providing £1.4m to Somerset County Council to support vulnerable families. The Council is using the grant to fund food vouchers worth £15 […]

Somerset Public Health leaders urge caution and care as Covid restrictions set to ease

Public Health leaders in Somerset are urging people to proceed with caution and act responsibly as the country prepares for the easing of national Covid-19 restrictions. From Monday 19 July, the majority of legal restrictions relating to Covid-19 will be lifted, but the risks of Covid-19 have not gone away. Somerset’s Covid-19 Local Engagement Board […]

Council invests in ambitious plans to support Somerset young people

An ambitious and innovative approach to improve the life chances of Somerset’s highest needs children was given the green light by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet this week (21 June). The ten-year programme will deliver a new way of working which will address the needs of Somerset’s most complex children and young people who are cared […]

Somerset Public Health campaign encourages residents and tourists to stay Covid-safe

Today, in partnership with Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor, Somerset County Council’s Public Health department is launching a new campaign thanking Somerset residents and visitors for adhering to the Covid-19 guidance and encouraging them to keep doing so. Along with vaccinations, there are many things people can do to keep themselves and each other safe […]