Tag Archives: social care

Somerset backs call for care funding plan

Somerset County Council is backing a nationwide call for a sustainable solution to funding for social care. A report published today by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) highlights the continuing shortfall in funding for social care across the country, despite the extra £2bn of funding announced in the Government’s spring budget. Somerset’s […]

Council Leader welcomes social care funding and Green Paper pledge

The Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed today’s announcement of extra money for social care and a commitment to address its long-term funding. In his budget, the Chancellor announced an extra of £2bn for local authorities over three years for social care, with £1bn available in the next financial year. Philip Hammond also revealed […]

Somerset’s successful second bid to train new children’s social workers

A partnership of South West local authorities led by Somerset County Council has successfully bid for Government funding to train a further 49 children’s social workers. The Government’s Step Up to Social Work programme encourages graduates with experience of working with children and young people to train for social work. Student social workers are placed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Heartening nominations for Social Worker Award

Somerset County Council has received an overwhelming response from children and young people keen to shout from the rooftops about how much their Social Worker has helped them. There have been over 60 nominations for the new Children and Young People’s Social Worker of the Year Award. All of the nominations come from children and […]