Tag Archives: Children’s Services

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 […]

Watchet LIVE Music Festival bangs the drum for Somerset Fostering

The Wurzels aren’t the only big Somerset name hoping to make the crowds smile at a popular West Somerset festival this coming August bank holiday weekend. Watchet LIVE Festival is gearing up to welcome none other than Sparky the Dragon and Somerset County Council’s professional and friendly Fostering Recruitment Service in to spread the word […]

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 […]

Social workers “feel valued and positive” as Somerset looks after its own

Somerset County Council is putting a renewed focus on staff retention as part of its work to address the chronic national shortage of permanent Children’s Social Workers. As part of a major recruitment drive, the authority is successfully reducing its turnover rate and sees this as a crucial part of its long-term plans to build […]

One year on: Improving Somerset’s Children’s Services

Key Somerset County Councillors were this week briefed on improvements in Children’s Services, including recruitment of more permanent social workers, lower caseloads and stable leadership. An update to the Council’s Cabinet looked back at the 12 months since the introduction of a crucial nine priority plan to drive change. While there is still a long […]

Calling all children’s and families’ services and groups

Providers of children’s and families’ services and community groups across the county are being urged to join a new information and advice website in Somerset. The Somerset Choices website currently focusses on adults’ services but soon it will be expanded to include children’s services. When it is launched, the Somerset Choices children and families website […]

Child Sexual Exploitation is everyone’s business

This issue is everyone’s business: that’s the message from Somerset County Council as it backs National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day (18 March). The Council, alongside the police and the Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Board, is supporting the day which encourages everyone to think about, spot and speak out against CSE. CSE is a form […]

Somerset social workers honoured at award ceremony

Two Children’s Social Care workers from Somerset have been honoured for their outstanding work with children and young people in the county. Gregg Liddington, a Social Worker based in Taunton and Linda Ettey, a Leaving Care Worker based in Bridgwater, were both presented with the Children’s Social Worker of the Year award last week (Friday […]