Category Families and Children

An opportunity for Parent Carers to help shape the future of SEND in Somerset

Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset and Somerset Parent Carer Forum are inviting families as well as school leads, education, and health professionals to join a webinar this October to help shape the future of Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) in Somerset. The partnership is currently in the process of developing a Somerset SEND strategy […]

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 […]

Sparks fly this summer at Somerset Libraries

Somerset libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Gadgeteers, Summer Reading Challenge 2022.  Nearly 7,000 children have already signed up to the Summer Reading Challenge, which runs across all Somerset libraries, asks 4–11-year-olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The […]

Could you help a young person in their time of need?

Volunteers are needed to support young people in care, providing friendship and advice to help them through times of need. Somerset County Council is appealing for more Route 1 Advocacy and Independent Visitors. These are adult volunteers who help young people in a number of ways – from providing fun and building happy childhood memories, […]

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 […]

Food vouchers return for Summer Holidays

Schools will once again provide food vouchers to families eligible for Free School Meals to combat holiday hunger over the summer holidays. Somerset County Council is distributing approximately £1.2m from the Government’s Household Support Fund directly to schools to help fund food vouchers for children eligible for Free School Meals over the summer holidays. The […]

Children and young people help shape the new Children and Young People’s Plan for Somerset.

Children and young people from across the county have helped shaped Somerset’s new Children and Young People’s Plan, providing a link between what children have asked us to do and partners strategic priorities. The Children’s and Young People Plan has been co-produced by the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership with children and young people and strategic […]

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 […]

10 Top tips with child safety in mind

Somerset County Council is promoting the annual Child Safety Week next week (6 -12 June), a community education campaign from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT). The council works with partner organisations all the time to protect children and families. However, they are using this week to give extra emphasis to the precautions parents can […]

Minehead Library reopens after major refurbishment

Minehead Library has officially reopened in Bancks Street after significant refurbishment to make the facilities more accessible, modern, and energy efficient. When the library opened in 1962 it won a Civic Trust Award, but after nearly sixty years of service the building was in need of upgrading. The roof was at the end of its […]