Tag Archives: young people

Why it’s good to ‘Stay Put’

Foster Carers and the young people they care for are being encouraged to stay together longer, to help give young care leavers a smoother journey into adulthood. Brother and sister – Dale, 19, and Kaleigh, 17 – have thrived growing up with their Foster family in Somerset. In this short video, they talk about why […]

Young people help shape new CSE service

Young victims have helped shape a new £1.5m support service for children and young people in Somerset who have been sexually exploited. Somerset County Council is helping fund the service which will be delivered by children’s charity Barnardo’s. It is also backed by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner and the area’s four other […]

Charltons Youth Club is ‘safe and welcoming’

The Charltons Youth Club in Charlton Adam has received Somerset County Council’s  ‘Safe and Welcoming’ Award in recognition for its safe practices and popular appeal to young people. A number of volunteers support this thriving club, which enables young people in the Charlton Mackrell and Charlton Adam communities to meet socially and enjoy a range […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Extra support for young people in West Somerset

West Somerset has been named as one of six “Opportunity Areas” to receive a share of £60million government funding to help improve social mobility in the area. The Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening MP, yesterday announced the funding as a way to help children and young people get the best start to life […]

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 […]

Launch of new Threshold guidance aims to embed Early Help

The Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) is today launching new guidance for professionals and managers to make sure help is available for children, young people and families as soon as it’s needed. The guidance aims to further establish the principles of Early Help for all those who support children, young people and their families in […]