Tag Archives: children

Grant boost for Somerset youth clubs

Somerset County Council has granted over £72,000 to 22 youth clubs across the County to help run popular activities. The grants from the County Council are being matched by over £151,000 in locally raised funding and hundreds of hours in volunteers’ time – all for the benefit of Somerset’s young people. Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet […]

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 […]

Working together to tackle child sexual exploitation

Over 100 professionals from across Somerset came together this week with the aim of working together to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE). Representatives from the police, health organisations, schools and local authorities attended the “practical conference” on Wednesday (30 November), which was organised by Somerset Safeguarding Children Board. Speakers included the Chair of the Board, […]

Nominate your Children and Young Person’s Worker of the Year

For the second year running, children and young people supported by Somerset Children’s Social Care can say a big thank you to the staff who make a difference to them. The council is urging any child or young person who wants to see their key worker recognised for going the extra mile to come forward […]

Somerset superstars honoured at national Nursery World Awards

Two Somerset early years superstars have been honoured at this year’s Nursery World Awards. Rachel Parish, a nursery manager, and Rebecca Lihou, a childminder, were both nominated for the prestigious awards by the Early Years Team at Somerset County Council for their dedication to the children and the families they work with. After being shortlisted […]

Henstridge Youth Club is ‘Safe and Welcoming’

  Henstridge Youth Club in South Somerset has become the 32nd club in Somerset to achieve the County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ Award. The ‘Safe and Welcoming’ benchmark scheme accredits the club’s safe practice and appeal to young people. For a club to achieve the award, it must pull together a portfolio of evidence including […]

Leader of Council helps raise awareness of child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is happening in Somerset. That’s the uncompromising message Somerset County Council is helping to spread as part of a new campaign to raise awareness of this devastating form of abuse affecting children and young people. The council is working with Avon & Somerset Police and other partners to increase public understanding of […]

Breastfeeding Cafe launches

A baby friendly café that offers parents support with breastfeeding, the opportunity to relax, make new friends and share positive experiences is set to launch in Yeovil. The cafe will promote and support parents with breastfeeding which has many proven positive health benefits for infants and their mothers. It has been set up by Somerset County […]

Putting Somerset on the map at Nursery World Awards

Two early years professionals from Somerset have made it to the finals of the the annual Nursery World Awards. Rachel Parish and Rebecca Lihou were both nominated by the Early Years Team at Somerset County Council for their dedication to the children and the families they work with. Rachel and Rebecca’s nominations are supported by […]

Ofsted highlights progress in Somerset

Somerset County Council’s children’s services have been used as an example of good practice in Ofsted’s latest national annual report. In its third annual report into the state of social care in England, the watchdog highlights the authority’s focus on manageable workloads, saying Somerset “has recognised the importance of reducing the workloads of its social […]