Category Children, Young People and Families Plan

Make Your Mark – results are in

Over 2,200 young people aged 11-18 in Somerset made their mark this year within the UK’s biggest youth consultation by telling the Government and local decision makers what is important to them. Somerset’s Youth Parliament, supported by Somerset County Council, promotes the UK-wide ‘Make Your Mark’ project that aims to highlight the big issues for […]

Social Workers in Schools launches in Somerset

A ground-breaking initiative to place social workers in schools to help keep children safe from exploitation has started in Somerset. Somerset County Council successfully secured £400,000 from the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the Social Workers in Schools (SWIS) programme. Eight social workers are working in secondary schools across Somerset, with at least […]

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Survey launched to discover how Somerset residents access information and advice

A survey is launched this week to find out the best way for Somerset residents to get easy access to information and help for older relatives, activities for children or health advice…

New approach to help Somerset parents overcome drug and alcohol problems

An alternative problem-solving approach to care proceedings where drug and alcohol play a significant factor has launched in Somerset. The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) is a specialist independent family court team offering a new way to support parents to overcome substance misuse, mental health issues and domestic abuse. It offers a bespoke, problem-solving […]

Pledge to support families in school holidays

Somerset County Council has today issued a plea for families in need of urgent food supplies to contact the Coronavirus helpline and confirmed it is stepping up its efforts to provide more school holiday support with a £125,000 scheme. At the same time, the Council continues to lobby government for further funding. Currently the council […]

Student laptops for old tech

Vulnerable young people in Somerset are benefiting from a Somerset County Council technology recycling scheme. The County Council’s ICT department is buying laptops for vulnerable young people in Somerset using money raised from selling old staff devices. So far 71 laptops have been bought and welcomed by recipients – especially as some had been having […]

Somerset pharmacies offer a safe place for victims of domestic abuse

People experiencing domestic abuse are now able to access local support through Somerset pharmacies thanks to a joint local initiative. Somerset County Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Local Pharmaceutical Council have been working with pharmacies across the county to arrange for their consulting rooms to be available as a safe place, where anybody […]

Children asked to help with new Somerset “Healthy, Happy and Safe” Campaign

Children in Somerset are being encouraged to take part in a campaign to design a logo for a new ‘Healthy, Happy and Safe’ campaign aimed at countering the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Healthy Somerset website – run by Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, has been updated to provide key information on dealing […]

Supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities – inspectors need parents’ views

Are you a parent carer of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability? Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) and CQC (Care Quality Commission) are currently undertaking a joint inspection of SEND Services in Somerset, referred to as the Local Area. They will be visiting Somerset next week, starting Monday, […]

Somerset Music inspires children to hit the high notes

Learning a musical instrument, getting the chance to perform in public or working with a world-class voice coach are within reach of all Somerset’s children thanks to its pioneering music service. Last month hundreds of children and young people at schools across Somerset were given a unique opportunity to work with world-renowned choral director Mark […]