Foster carers and County Council staff work together sharing the responsibility of promoting and safeguarding the health and welfare of children and young people who are looked after.
All staff and carers work with, and look after, some of the most vulnerable individuals. Where possible, children who require placements are matched with a foster carer's skills and location, with the aim of keeping them in their local communities and schools. Some young people live in residential units.
Contact with parents and wider family is positively promoted where appropriate and there is high emphasis placed on the importance of education and healthy lifestyles for looked after children.
There are six Somerset County Council residential units for children and young people. These units all work directly with children and young people and their families to bring about the best outcomes.