Category Social Care

Pilot scheme puts social care in A&E

A pioneering pilot scheme to help ease the pressures on NHS resources this winter is being spearheaded by Somerset County Council and local NHS partners. Starting in the next few months, the trial will see the authority base a social worker in the A&E departments at the county’s two major hospitals – Musgrove Park in […]

OT Week 2019 – Somerset’s Small Change Big Impact Stories

It’s Occupational Therapy Week (4-10 November), and we’re celebrating the small changes occupational therapists make that have a big impact on the people they support. Here are some of our OT stories from Somerset about the impactful changes they make every day… Bob What was the challenge? Bob was living on his own with a […]

Your spare room could change a teenager’s life

Somerset County Council is highlighting the urgent need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support young teens as they enter adult life this National Care Leavers’ Week (28 October – 3 November). Stepping Stones carers support young people leaving care, helping them make the step into independent adulthood and gain crucial life skills and […]

Your path into social work with children?

Are you thinking of a career in Social Work? National Charity Frontline offers a fast track qualifying programme and is backed by Somerset County Council. It is holding a series of information evenings across the South West for anyone interested in moving into a career in social work to help transform the lives of vulnerable […]

Council backs Salvation Army social care report

Somerset County Council is welcoming a new report from the Salvation Army highlighting the urgent need to reform social care. The study – Care in Places – shows that there is significantly less money to care for older people who live in rural areas of England, such as Somerset. The Salvation Army is asking the […]

Fun activities and support for children, young people and their families

A FREE day of fun activities for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND) and their families takes place in Street next month, delivered by Somerset County Council’s Short Breaks Team. It will take place on Saturday 6 July at Brookside Academy, Brooks Road, with many activities on offer including: […]

Money

Somerset’s financial position strengthened

Somerset County Council today reported a substantially improved financial position in its end of year financial report. A combination of extra one-off funding, technical adjustments and savings mean the council has been able to increase its levels of general reserves by £4.2m to what is considered a prudent level for an authority this size – […]

Celebrating our dedicated staff on World Social Work Day

The spotlight is on Somerset County Council’s Social Workers today as they join a global celebration of those undertaking one of the most difficult jobs in society. Social work with vulnerable children and adults is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of the Council’s work. And today, March 19, World Social Work Day, […]

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 […]

Cabinet backs savings rethink thanks to extra funding

Extra funding could be made available to allow a full review of Somerset County Council’s winter gritting service if recommendations from today’s Cabinet meeting are supported by Full Council next week. Thanks to better than expected finalised funding for 2019/20, Cabinet supported plans to provide up to £200,000 which will see the reversal of the […]