Category Cllr Tessa Munt

School time capsule marks an eco-build first for Somerset climate strategy

Pupils from St Dunstan’s School in Glastonbury have marked a significant step in eco- building by burying a time capsule on the site of their new Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) base, the first of its kind in Somerset. The new ASC school building on the site of St Dunstan’s School is the first educational building […]

Could you be a Stepping Stones carer?

Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support young care leavers.  Stepping Stones carers support young care leavers aged 16-21, who are making the transition from care to independent living, but are not yet ready to live on their own. This involves providing them with a safe place to stay, helping them gain important life skills […]

Care Leavers Week 2022 celebrated with art around identity

An exhibition featuring the work of young people leaving care is open at Taunton Library from this week to celebrate Care Leavers Week 2022.  Based around the theme of identity, the exhibition features art, photography, writing, film and more. Each piece of work has been created by a young person aged 16 to 25 who […]

Somerset hosts trailblazing conference to tackle child exploitation

Somerset County Council hosted a trailblazing multi-agency conference in Taunton last week, sharing best practice on combating Child Exploitation. Guests included the NHS, police, social workers and Representatives from the voluntary sector. Somerset’s specialist exploitation Social Workers opened the conference, sharing their experiences of  working as part of a multi-agency team to help young people recognise when they are being used or exploited and how to find […]

Somerset Children and Young People’s Services celebrates “Good” Ofsted rating – “Rightly proud of the significant progress it has made…”

Somerset’s Children and Young People’s Services have been rated as “Good” across the board in a review of the service by national regulator Ofsted. Ofsted inspectors visited Somerset County Council in July 2022 and looked in detail at the work of the Council with those in care, care leavers and children and families with a […]

Milford Junior School Building To Close

Parents and carers of children who attend Milford Junior School were told today (26 August) that the school building will need to shut indefinitely after concerns were raised during a recent survey. Regular building surveys are carried out at all Somerset schools to monitor the conditions of the buildings. A recent survey was carried out […]

Former Misterton School site given green light to continue supporting Somerset young people

The former Misterton school site has been given the green light to help up to 15 Somerset vulnerable children and young people improve their educational and life outcomes after a Somerset County Council key decision made today (5 August). Somerset County Council, in partnership with the Diocese of Bath and Wells, is working to support […]

Celebrating Somerset’s Children Looked After and Young People

The achievements of more than 360 Somerset children looked after and young people in care have been celebrated at the return of the Annual Achievement Awards. Somerset County Council recognised 364 children and young people for their outstanding efforts following nominations from social workers, leaving care workers, schools, and other Children’s Services professionals. The entrants […]

Somerset’s foster care recruitment campaign “Highly Commended” in national awards

Somerset County Council’s foster care recruitment campaign ‘Theo’s Story’ was highly commended last night (20 July) at a prestigious national awards ceremony. Theo’s Story was recognised in the ‘Campaign of the Year’ category at the Local Government Chronicle Awards, with judges describing the entry as ‘incredibly creative, passionate and hard to criticise’. The focus of […]

Young people help shape future Somerset Children’s Services

Young people across the county have helped shaped Somerset’s new Children and Young People’s Plan, setting out how key issues such as mental health, climate change, sexual health, harassment and more will affect young people. Approved by Somerset County Council’s Executive on Monday 11 July, the Children’s and Young People Plan 2022-24 has been developed […]