Category Prevention

Prevention key to improving lives

Somerset must seize every chance to improve the lives of its residents – and being on the front foot is essential. That’s the message from Somerset’s Director of Public Health, Trudi Grant, in her annual report considered by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wed). The report cites a wide range of examples […]

It’s OK to ask for help

“It’s ok to ask for help” – that’s the message from organisations and agencies across Somerset who have a part to play in supporting children and families. It’s not unusual for many families to find themselves struggling at some stage. And, it’s important that those families feel confident enough to come forward and ask for […]

New carriers for ‘Carry Me Kate Parenting Services CIC’ groups

Somerset County Council has provided funding to purchase additional carriers for mums, dads, carers and babies across the County. The donation from the Chairman’s Charity for additional carriers helps to promote the importance of a close and loving relationship between babies and their caregivers. Scientific evidence shows that when carried a baby’s physiological regulation improves. […]

Celebrating Safer Sleep Week

Somerset parents, carers and families are urged to practice the A.B.C of Safer Sleep to keep babies safe from harm every time they go to sleep. The advice is offered as part of the annual ‘Safer Sleep Week’, organised by the Lullaby Trust which takes place from 11th-17th March 2019. The awareness week aims to […]

Ofsted finds positive improvement during inspection of Children’s Services

Vulnerable children in Somerset are receiving an improving service with confident staff making good decisions, a report from the regulator Ofsted has concluded. Ofsted inspectors carried out a snap inspection of Somerset County Council’s early help and social work teams to assess how cases were dealt with in the community. Inspectors found good practice and […]

Council’s customer contact centre is best in South West – it’s official!

Somerset County Council’s Customer Service team has been crowned the best customer contact centre of its size in the region. Triumphing over tough opposition from across the public and private sectors, Somerset Direct netted the South West Contact Centre of the Year Award. As well as being crowned the best in the South West, Somerset […]

More Somerset Mums-To-Be Kick The Habit

The number of women who smoke in pregnancy in Somerset continues to fall in contrast to the national picture where progress has stalled in recent years. Figures released today (Tuesday 3 July) show the national rate of 10.8% has not changed since last year, but in Somerset the rate fell from 13.1% to 11.6% last […]

Safer homes for Somerset children: together we’ve got this!

Somerset County and partners are supporting National Child Safety Week 2018 (4-10th June 2018) to help keep children safe at home. The Council is working with Somerset and Devon Fire and Rescue Service to continue to make homes in Somerset safer.   Families may be eligible for free home safety and fire safety equipment. The team […]

New ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ Digital Support now available

Somerset families are encouraged to use, share, follow, like or love the latest digital technology helping support mums to breastfeed! A new Somerset ‘Positive about Breastfeeding’ website and Facebook page provides information and advice to enable families to make natural and informed choices about breastfeeding and healthy infant feeding. Available at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Somersetbreastfeeding/ and https://www.healthysomerset.co.uk/breastfeeding/ […]

Over 1,000 babies born smokefree in Somerset

Smokefree Somerset Alliance recently celebrated the news that over 1,000 babies have now been born smokefree as a result of the Mums2Be Smokefree service since its start. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable serious harm in pregnancy, and the Mums2Be service, working with maternity services, has been highly successful in engaging women and […]