Category Cllr Frances Nicholson

Shining a light on Private Fostering 

Some people in Somerset may be looking after someone else’s child and not realise they are actually a private foster carer – that’s the message being shared by Somerset County Council as part of Private Fostering Awareness Week.  This week Somerset County Council is highlighting the support and advice available for private foster carers, and to remind them it is a legal requirement to inform the Local Authority if […]

Young people invited to shape Somerset climate emergency response

11 to 18-year-olds in Somerset are invited to attend two virtual events next month to help shape Somerset County Council’s Climate Emergency Strategy. Somerset Youth Parliament is running two free sessions via Zoom on Monday 11 and Monday 18 October, 6.15pm to 8pm, to learn more about the county’s plans, listen to key speakers including […]

Become a Somerset Member of Youth Parliament

Somerset’s Youth Parliament is seeking nominations from young people aged 11 to 18 wishing to become a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP). Nationally, over 300 elected representatives work with central and local government to make sure young people’s voices are heard. Supported by Somerset County Council, Somerset MYPs campaign on a range of issues, advise, […]

Campaign launched to reduce knife crime in Somerset

Somerset communities are urged to report any knife crime in the area – and young people are encouraged to avoid becoming involved or victims of knife crime. A knife crime campaign was launched this week with a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of carrying a knife and report knife crime incidents across the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Somerset’s investment in SEND education continues with three projects nearing completion

Contractors are in the final stages of work on site at three projects – exceeding £15m in investment by Somerset County Council – to improve provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Somerset. Work at Fiveways Special School and Fairmead Special School, both in Yeovil, and the Holway […]

£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 […]

Tell us your views on SEND services

Parents, carers, children, young people and practitioners are being asked to complete a short confidential survey to help shape services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Somerset. Somerset County Council, together with NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and the Somerset Parent Carer Forum, are keen to hear views […]

Grant aims to tackle growing childminder shortage in Somerset

Somerset County Council is renewing its campaign to tackle a shortage of childminders across the county through a ‘Golden Hello’ grant worth £250.00. The number of childminders in Somerset has fallen year upon year, in line with what is a national picture.  The number of registered childminders in the county has decreased by over 31% […]