Have your say: proposed changes to the County Council’s support and services for children and their families

Somerset County Council have launched an 8 week public consultation on the proposed changes to their support and services for children and their families.

You can have your say completing the online questionnaire, which is available here.

There will also be a series of drop-in  sessions, where you can find out more about the proposed changes and complete a hard copy of the questionnaire.

Dates, times and locations are:

Tuesday 13th November, Glastonbury Library, 1 Orchard Court, BA6 9JB, 10am to 6pm

Wednesday 14th November, The Key Centre, Feltham Lane, Frome, BA11 5AJ, 10am to 12pm

Wednesday 14th November, Frome Library, Justice Lane, BA11 1BE, 10am to 6pm, 10am to 6pm

Monday 19th November, The Hub, Hopcott Road, Minehead, TA24 6DJ, 10am to 6pm

Thursday 22nd November, Taunton Library, (Wellbeing Zone), Paul Street, TA1 3XZ, 10am to 6pm

Wednesday 28th November, Victoria Park Community Centre, Victoria Park Drive, Bridgwater, TA6 7AS, 10am to 6pm

Tuesday 4th December, Yeovil Methodist Church, Vicarage Walk, Middle Street, BA20 1JZ, 10am to 6pm

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the questionnaire, or to see it in alternative format, such as larger print or translated into a different language, please email getsetconsultation@somerset.gov.uk or phone 01823 357479.

The closing date for responses to this consultation is 5pm on Monday 31st December 2018.

Free Forums for Youth Organisations in Somerset

In response to the recent announcements regarding Youth Service provision across the County, Spark will be holding a series of Voluntary Sector Forums aimed specifically at Youth Organisations.

It’s a great opportunity to meet the Spark team and find out about the support they offer. Local funders will also be attending, and there will be plenty of time to network with other organisations operating in your area.

Dates, times and a locations are:

Monday 12th November, 7pm to 9pm, Victoria Park Community Centre

Tuesday 20th November, 7pm to 9pm, The Art Bank, Shepton Mallet

Tuesday 27th November, 7pm to 9pm, William Blake Memorial Hall, South Petherton

Find out more and register here.


Working with long term Neglect Recognition, Assessment and Intervention: Messages from Serious Case Reviews

At their upcoming Multi Agency Practice Information Groups, the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) will be sharing the learning from their most recent Serious Case Review on the impact of long-term neglect and sexual abuse.

It was highlighted within the review that voluntary services can play a significant role in identifying neglect within families from the early help stages, so the SSCB are keen to share the findings and other learning opportunities with the VCSE sector.

Neglect is the most common reason for children to be made subject of child protection plans and is the most common factor feature of serious case reviews. An effective response requires confident interagency working, good assessment skills and targeted interventions.

The sessions will also consider local findings in the context of national reviews and consider the challenges and examples of good practice.

Dates, times and locations of the sessions are:

Monday 26th November

10am – 12pm, Wyvern Club, Taunton

2pm – 4pm, Victoria Park Community Centre, Bridgwater

Tuesday 27th November

10am – 12pm Glastonbury Town Hall, Glastonbury

2pm – 4pm Yeovil Rugby Club, Yeovil

Please contact LSCB@somerset.gov.uk for further details and to register.