Category Social Care

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

The achievements of Somerset children and young people in care have been celebrated at the 2018 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater and Taunton. Around 350 children and teenagers were recognised for their efforts over two award ceremonies, through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals. The children and young people were […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ryan is a national champion for work supporting vulnerable children

  A Somerset teenager has scooped a national award for championing an app for the County Council that helps alleviate young people’s anxiety. Ryan Leakey was crowned Mind of My Own(MOMO)champion of the year for his role in supporting the use of the app within the Council’s Children’s  Services at an awards ceremony in Birmingham. […]

Dementia Day Service review underway

Views are being sought as Somerset County Council, whilst working with Compass Disability, start a review of the way that day services for people with dementia are delivered The current contract for this support expires at the end of January 2019 and the review is seeking opinions from providers, service users, carers, professionals and partners […]

Proud to Care careers fair highlights job opportunities

Would-be care workers are being urged to find out more about potential new opportunities and careers  at the first Proud to Care recruitment event in Somerset. Somerset County Council has organised the Proud to Care jobs fair which will take place on Wednesday, 25 April, at the Wyvern Club, Mountfields Road, Taunton, TA1 3BJ from […]

New Regional Adoption Agency will reduce waiting times for children awaiting adoption

Local authority adoption services in Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset are joining forces to become a single regional adoption service, under the banner Adopt South West. The move, required by the Government, is expected to improve the adoption process; making it simpler for adoptive parents, and quicker so children awaiting adoption are waiting less time. […]

Costa Coffee Supports Fostering and Adoption in Somerset

Somerset County Council’s Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Service is teaming up with Costa Coffee, to help the search for Foster Carers and Adopters. The coffee chain is, once again, supporting the cause as part of its Project Inspiration Community Initiative. They are providing space, time and refreshments for people to come together to find out […]

Poster competition launches to help children in Somerset

Somerset County Council is launching a poster competition aimed at youth organisations such as Scouts and Guides, to help the search for more foster carers. Children and young people are being invited to design a fostering poster that will reach out to potential foster carers during Foster Care Fortnight 14 – 27 May 2018, to […]

We celebrate our dedicated and caring staff on World Social Work Day

  Award-winning members of staff are helping Somerset County Council highlight the incredible commitment of social workers this month. Social work with vulnerable children and adults is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of the council’s work. And today, on World Social Work Day  (20 March) the authority will join the international celebration […]