Category fostering

Shining a light on Private Fostering 

Some people in Somerset may be looking after someone else’s child and not realise they are actually a private foster carer – that’s the message being shared by Somerset County Council as part of Private Fostering Awareness Week.  This week Somerset County Council is highlighting the support and advice available for private foster carers, and to remind them it is a legal requirement to inform the Local Authority if […]

Your Somerset – Autumn 2021

Check out the latest edition of Your Somerset – out now… Your Somerset is delivered to households across Somerset, three times a year and contains news and information about the Council’s services and campaigns and projects that the County Council and our partners are involved in. You can download and read the most recent edition of […]

Council commits to expanding Care Leavers interview scheme

As part of Somerset County Council’s commitment to support care leavers, the council has agreed to extend its Care Leaver Guaranteed Interview Scheme to anybody who was in care as a child, wherever that was, and whatever their age now. This means people who have been in the care of a Local Authority for a […]

Celebrations for Children In Care

The efforts and achievements of more than 360 Somerset children and young people in care have been celebrated at the return of the Annual Achievement Awards. 367 children and young people were recognised for their efforts through nominations from Somerset County Council foster carers, schools, social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals. The […]

Your Somerset – Summer 2021

Check out the latest edition of Your Somerset – out now… Your Somerset is delivered to households across Somerset, three times a year and contains news and information about the Council’s services and  campaigns and projects that County Council and our partners are involved in. You can download and read the most recent edition of […]

Open a new chapter in a child’s story

More than 500 children in Somerset need foster homes – and carers who could help change their life stories. As Foster Care Fortnight gets under way (10-23 May), Somerset County Council is appealing for more people to come forward and share their homes and lives with children who desperately need a new beginning. Theo’s Story, […]

From care to career – meet the Leaving Care apprentices

Leaving care can be tough – but a Somerset County Council apprenticeship scheme is helping young people use their own experiences to kickstart their careers. Four young people who have spent time in care have been recruited as apprentices with the Council’s Leaving Care Team and are currently combining learning with employment. For Ebony, aged […]

MBE for Karen, Somerset Foster Carer

Somerset foster carer Karen Deverell’s work with young people has been recognised nationally with an MBE in the recent honours list. Karen was with the YMCA for 25 years – 17 of those as  Chief Executive of the YMCA in Mendip and South Somerset. And her MBE was in recognition for her valuable service.  After […]

Search to find homes for Somerset teenagers continues during pandemic

More homes are urgently needed in Somerset to provide vital support to young people as they move from care into adulthood. Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ placements during National Care Leavers’ Week (26 October – 1 November). Stepping Stones carers support young people leaving care as they make […]

Rachel, 21, steps up to coronavirus fostering challenge

Faced with the uncertainties of lockdown during a pandemic, there are not too many 21-year-olds who would think about taking on two young foster children. But Rachel is different from most young people and has spent the past two months being an emergency foster carer to a two-year-old boy and his year-old sister. And the […]