Category Social Care

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 […]

Council gives helping hand to CSE awareness campaign

Somerset County Council is backing this month’s National CSE Awareness Day. Taking place this Sunday, 18 March, the day aims to improve understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) so the public can help all the organization involved in safeguarding children. Work to stop CSE in Somerset is led by the Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Board (SSCB) […]

Flying the Flag for LGBT Fostering and Adoption

Somerset County Council flew the rainbow flag at County Hall to mark LGBT Fostering and Adoption week, beginning Monday 5th March. It’s a symbol of support for those in the LGBT community, who want to make a difference to children’s lives. Caroline and her wife Liz have been fostering for six months and it gives […]

Council backs Mendip House recommendations

Somerset County Council’s Adult Social Care team played a key role in responding to allegations of the mistreatment of care home residents, according to a report published today. Mendip House, a care home for people with autism and complex needs near Highbridge, closed in November 2016 following investigations into allegations of mistreatment and abuse of […]

Over 60 per cent of calls resolved first time to keep you independent

More people are having their care needs successfully met on their first phone call to the County Council, thanks to Somerset’s innovative new ways of working. Around 60 per cent of Adult Social Care phone enquiries to the Council’s customer services, Somerset Direct, are now being resolved on the first call and on some days […]

Young People in care bring beauty to the Brewhouse

Somerset Young People in Care joined forces with a group of South West street artists to create a beautiful mural at the Brewhouse Arts Theatre, Taunton. The Somerset in Care Council (SICC) is a group of 12 to 18 year olds, mostly in foster care, who give up much of their own time to help […]

Somerset Young People’s Forum is ‘Unstoppable’

Somerset Young People’s forum ‘The Unstoppables’ have been shortlisted by the British Youth Council for a ‘Celebrating Diversity Award’. The award is part of the national Youth Voice Star Awards, which will be celebrated on 9 November in London. The Unstoppables forum is a group of young people aged 13-25 with special educational needs and/or […]

National Care Leavers Week – More ‘Stepping Stones’ needed in Somerset

This National Care Leavers week (25 Oct – 3 November) Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support care leavers as they enter adult life. Stepping Stones carers support young people with the challenges they face as care leavers and help them achieve their potential. The young people, […]

Taunton Town FC supports Fostering and Adoption in Somerset

Taunton Town Football Club and Fostering and Adoption in Somerset joined forces on Saturday 21 October, for an afternoon of family fun and awareness-raising. Sparky the fostering and adoption mascot and Taunton Town’s mascot Wordsworth had a penalty shoot-out at the match, which Sparky won 3-2. Sparky and the fostering and adoption team were greeted […]

Quilters have a heart for children in care

A Yeovil Quilting Circle handed over a specially created a heart themed quilt for ‘National Adoption Week’ and young children in care this week. Somerset County Council launched a ‘have a heart’ campaign on 16 October to raise awareness of the number of children waiting to be adopted and Vivien Bateman, Barbie Dormer and Gill […]