Category Families and Children

Wellbeing Champion urges students to have their say

Hannah Vile, the new Young Person’s Health and Wellbeing Champion for Somerset, is urging young people from across Somerset to have their say. Hannah, who is excited to be promoting the voice of local students, is heading up a new project aimed at improving outcomes for young people. Hannah is creating a student voice task […]

Further food support for families in third lockdown

Somerset County Council has allocated a further £427,000 of funding to help schools provide families with food support during this lockdown. During term time, the Department for Education (DfE) has asked schools to provide meal options for all pupils who are in school – including vulnerable children and the children of critical workers – as […]

New digital front door for outdoor service

  Somerset County Council’s Outdoor Centres (SSE Outdoors) provide memorable experiences to thousands of young people every year. Now, thanks to an engaging new website booking them is just a click away. Over 14,000 young people visit the four centres each year and even throughout the Covid-19 crisis Support Services for Education (SSE) Outdoors has […]

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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 […]

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Survey launched to discover how Somerset residents access information and advice

A survey is launched this week to find out the best way for Somerset residents to get easy access to information and help for older relatives, activities for children or health advice…

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 […]

Coronavirus, Christmas and domestic abuse

Most people will be looking forward to being home celebrating Christmas with their family, but for those in an abusive relationship home is not always a safe place to be. Somerset County Council has therefore extended its domestic abuse campaign, #NoClosedDoors2020, ahead of Christmas and New Year with the clear message – ‘help is still […]

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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 […]

Polden Bower School taking shape as investment in SEND education continues

A new £23m special school which will cater for 160 students with complex needs in Somerset is taking shape. Spectacular aerial footage taken in November by Bristol architects AWW shows the size and scale of the new Polden Bower school site in Bridgwater. The project is part of a wider Somerset County Council programme to […]

Employer toolkit to tackle domestic abuse

Employers across the region are encouraged to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn to spot the signs of abuse. During this year’s international campaign ’16 Days of Action’ (25 November to 10 December) Somerset County Council is encouraging all employers to check out the online resource ‘Domestic Abuse: a toolkit for employers’ […]