Category families

Reading Well for children

Libraries throughout Somerset have a new collection of books aimed specifically at supporting children’s emotional wellbeing. The books focus on helping them understand their feelings and worries and gives support to help them cope with tough times. The ‘Reading Well’ collection has been chosen by children, carers, health experts and librarians and the books are […]

Early help to support families

Extra help is at hand to support families in Somerset meet and beat challenges before they develop into crises. Somerset County Council is setting aside £200,000 each year for the next three years towards funding community groups working with families with children aged 0-19 who need that extra helping hand. The County Council is working […]

Need some extra help?

Everyone needs a bit of help sometimes – especially if you’re a parent of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND). Parents have told us that systems and processes can be confusing and complicated when they’re looking for help. If you do need support you need to know exactly […]

Fun activities and support for children, young people and their families

A FREE day of fun activities for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND) and their families takes place in Street next month, delivered by Somerset County Council’s Short Breaks Team. It will take place on Saturday 6 July at Brookside Academy, Brooks Road, with many activities on offer including: […]

Exciting future for Priorswood Library

Celebrations took place last week (Friday 17 May) after Priorswood Library’s long-term future was confirmed with the signing of a Community Library Partnership. Library friends, partners, school and nursery children and staff joined together at the library to celebrate the signing of the agreement between The Friends of Taunton Library and Somerset County Council. Last […]

Celebrating our dedicated staff on World Social Work Day

The spotlight is on Somerset County Council’s Social Workers today as they join a global celebration of those undertaking one of the most difficult jobs in society. Social work with vulnerable children and adults is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of the Council’s work. And today, March 19, World Social Work Day, […]

Council-backed social work training scheme set for another record year

Graduates looking to make the move into children’s social work can join the latest intake on a successful the Somerset-led training initiative. The County Council is leading the regional Step-up-to Social Work scheme which aims to enlist a record number of people to switch careers in 2019 and become social workers. The Government-funded initiative enables […]

Feast of activities for children and families in West Somerset

  There’s something for everyone this summer when it comes to family activities in West Somerset. A programme of over 360 events for families and young people – many of them free – has been put together by the West Somerset Local Forum. This is a collective of voluntary organisations which provide support and opportunities […]

Search is on for Somerset’s unsung heroes – can you help?

Do you know somebody who should be celebrated for their work with children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and their families? Do you know a child or young person who has inspired you in the way they have overcome challenges? If so, Somerset County Council’s SEND Participation Team wants to hear from you as […]

New £3 million education facility for vulnerable pupils opens its doors

Pupils and staff at a purpose-built school for vulnerable young people in Somerset celebrated its official opening this week. Work on the new £3 million Tor School, a Pupil Referral Unit and Medical Tuition Centre  in Glastonbury, was completed earlier this year and it is now fully operational. Pupils and staff welcomed visitors for a […]