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‘THANK YOU’ to our early years staff

Following the Government’s announcement a week ago that England would enter a third period of national ‘lockdown’ measures in its fight to control Covid-19, many early years settings (including nurseries and childcare) remain open to all children. To all those working as childminders, in nurseries and other early years settings in Somerset, you are providing […]

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 […]

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National recognition for Somerset’s Children’s Services as Director appointed to key role at new trust

Continued improvements to Children’s Services in Somerset have been recognised nationally with Somerset’s Director of Children’s Services appointed to a new key role by the Department for Education. Julian Wooster has been appointed as Chair of Northamptonshire Children’s Services Trust Board from January in addition to his role as Director of Children’s Services at Somerset […]

Somerset’s SEND services set out blueprint for improvement

Joint release from Somerset County Council and NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and their families in Somerset reached an important milestone this week, with the publication of a plan for rapid improvement. During an assessment earlier this year on how effectively SEND services […]

Family Safeguarding Team launches in Somerset

A new way to support children and families in Somerset is launching from today with the aim of strengthening families to overcome their issues and reducing the number of children needing to come into care. Somerset County Council, in partnership with The YOU Trust and the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS), has created the […]

Search to find homes for Somerset teenagers continues during pandemic

More homes are urgently needed in Somerset to provide vital support to young people as they move from care into adulthood. Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ placements during National Care Leavers’ Week (26 October – 1 November). Stepping Stones carers support young people leaving care as they make […]

Rachel, 21, steps up to coronavirus fostering challenge

Faced with the uncertainties of lockdown during a pandemic, there are not too many 21-year-olds who would think about taking on two young foster children. But Rachel is different from most young people and has spent the past two months being an emergency foster carer to a two-year-old boy and his year-old sister. And the […]

Funding means more of the right help at the right time for families

A £600k funding injection over three years from Somerset County Council and some great partnership working means more vulnerable families in Somerset will receive the help and support they need. The Somerset Early Help Fund has been launched and promoted by the Somerset Community Foundation in partnership with the County Council. It is working with […]

Heads in Somerset ready to welcome pupils back

Somerset Head Teachers have issued a resounding message to pupils across the county – “School is the best place for you, we can’t wait to see you back”. As education leaders prepare for the return of all pupils from September, work has already begun to ensure parents and pupils are reassured and feel positive about […]

County Ticket suspended due to coronavirus

Somerset’s County Ticket student travel scheme has been suspended for the next academic year due to the continuing impact of coronavirus. Until the pandemic, students over the age of 16 could buy an annual County Ticket to use on public transport. But, as social distancing measures are likely to continue on public transport, and with […]