Category Families and Children

Smoking in pregnancy needs to be treated as an addiction and not a lifestyle choice, say Somerset midwives

Smoking in pregnancy is a sensitive issue which needs to be treated as an addiction and not a lifestyle choice, according to health care professionals in Somerset. Recent statistics suggest that 10% of babies delivered in the county are born to pregnant smokers – bringing a wide range of potential complications and health impacts and […]

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 […]

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 […]