Category Social Care

‘Lean on Me’ sing Somerset foster carers

Today (18 March) Somerset foster carers and Somerset County Council staff took part in a ‘flash mob’ in the heart of Taunton to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers in the county. Joined by Taunton community choir ‘Company of Voices’, the group sang Bill Withers’ classic song ‘Lean on Me’ to highlight […]

Children say thank you to social workers

Two Children’s Social Care workers from Somerset have been honoured for their outstanding work with children and young people in the county. Maxine Morgan, a Social Worker based in the Mendip area, and Kerry Waters, a Leaving Care Worker based in South Somerset, were both presented with the Children’s Worker of the Year Award last […]

Ofsted finds that outcomes for Somerset children are improving

Somerset County Council’s services for vulnerable children and young people are improving, according to the latest feedback from Ofsted. The letter from inspectors follows a ‘monitoring visit’ last month which looked at how the authority works with children and young people in need of help and protection. It identifies areas of strength and areas where […]

Somerset’s successful second bid to train new children’s social workers

A partnership of South West local authorities led by Somerset County Council has successfully bid for Government funding to train a further 49 children’s social workers. The Government’s Step Up to Social Work programme encourages graduates with experience of working with children and young people to train for social work. Student social workers are placed […]

A Service Fit For The Future

Learning Disability services ‘will improve’ and ‘will modernise’ making it fit for the future when it transfers to a new Social Enterprise, Full Council heard today. A number of LD staff, service users and their families gathered at Full Council earlier today to hear Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr William Wallace, confirm that […]

Ministerial praise for progress in Children’s Services

Key Somerset County Councillors heard of Ministerial praise of ‘significant’ and ‘tangible’ improvements in its Children’s Services. Cabinet members were updated on progress in the service, which included a letter from Edward Timpson, the Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, to Leader of the council, John Osman. The letter follows four reviews by […]

A starter for ten thanks to £1.2m LD homes cash

People with Learning Disabilities will have a helping hand to own their own homes thanks to a successful Somerset County Council bid for Government funding. As well as securing £1m to help home ownership, the authority has also been awarded £214,000 towards the cost of new technology that will help people with Learning Disabilities live […]

Somerset steps up to social work recruitment challenge

Somerset County Council is bidding for funding for a follow-up to its successful initiative to train children’s social workers. In January 2017, the Council will find out if central government has supported its bid to offer the Step Up to Social Work Programme for the second time. The programme encourages anyone with experience of working […]

Foster carers needed for asylum seeking children in Somerset

Caring and committed foster families are being sought to provide safe homes for unaccompanied asylum seeking children being resettled in Somerset. Somerset, like all local authority areas across the country, is taking part in the resettlement of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) – young people aged under 18 who are applying for asylum and have […]