Category Children, Young People and Families Plan

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 […]

Online package to help children be heard

An improved online package to help children and young people make their voices heard has been launched by Somerset County Council. Building on an easily accessible toolkit created last year, Somerset Young People’s Voice is designed to give young people a strong voice when it comes to issues that affect them. The tools are designed […]

It’s OK to ask for help

“It’s ok to ask for help” – that’s the message from organisations and agencies across Somerset who have a part to play in supporting children and families. It’s not unusual for many families to find themselves struggling at some stage. And, it’s important that those families feel confident enough to come forward and ask for […]

Make your voices heard, young people in Somerset are urged

The biggest youth consultation in the UK is now underway as young people aged 11-18 across Somerset get ready to vote on the issues that matter most to them. Somerset’s Youth Parliament, which is supported by Somerset County Council is promoting the UK-wide Make Your Mark project which aims to highlight the big issues for […]

Can you help support arts activities in schools?

Donations are being sought from businesses and residents across Somerset to support arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people. The County Council is backing local arts charity Somerset Partnership Arts Education Agency (SPAEDA) to unlock match funding from the Arts Council. The aim is to provide enriching, creative activities in schools for children […]