Category fostering

Sequel to award-winning fostering campaign launched on primetime television 

A new animated film promoting fostering Somerset children and young people premiered on ITV and Sky during the ITV Evening News last month.  The film – ‘Anna’s Story’- follows a teenager in care and is the sequel to Somerset County Council’s award-winning 2020 fostering campaign, Theo’s Story.   There are currently more than 550 young people […]

Somerset family donates Christmas gifts to young people leaving care 

Inspired by the John Lewis Christmas campaign, a Somerset family has filled and donated festive gift bags for local teenagers in care.   Eddie, a year nine pupil at King’s College, Taunton, wanted to support young people in care after watching this year’s popular John Lewis Christmas advert, which highlights the increasing number of Children Looked […]

Award recognition for Somerset’s Leaving Care Team

Somerset County Council’s Leaving Care Team has been named as runner up for a prestigious national award. The team were named runners up in the ‘Team of the Year’ category at the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (NLCBF) Awards, held at The Studio in Birmingham. SCC’s Leaving Care Team, who were praised in the Council’s […]

Somerset Foster Carer dedicates first book to Children Looked After 

A Somerset foster carer has published her first children’s book, dedicated to all the children who came to her ‘without warm jumpers’.  ‘The Little Red Dragon’, written by Emma Lloyd who has fostered for Somerset County Council for over 8 years, tells the story of a dragon who encounters friendship and kindness as he searches […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

£1,500 of vouchers awarded to creative writing winners and Somerset Schools

Three winners of the Fostering In Somerset Creative Writing Competition each scooped £250 in vouchers, as well as £250 in vouchers for their chosen school. Somerset residents of all ages were encouraged to write a short story of up to 1,000 words for Foster Care Fortnight in May for the chance to win a share […]

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 […]