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A unique and innovative partnership to co-design a brand new model of care for our most vulnerable looked after children

IntroductionOur progressYour involvement


Homes and Horizons is a unique and innovative 10-year partnership between Somerset Council, care providers Homes2inspire (part of the Shaw Trust) and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to co-design a brand new model of care for our most vulnerable looked after children.

We are working together to deliver an innovative blended set of services for 30 or more children and young people with:

  • 10 residential homes for children across Somerset for approximately 20 children
  • higher needs foster care provision for approximately 20 children
  • a brand-new therapeutic education service on two sites for approximately 30 young people

This combination means that children and young people who require more in-depth help will have wraparound personalised support, a safe and welcoming home, and tailored education with expert staff experienced in mental health, therapy, and social work.

The voice of children and young people with care experience has been central in Homes and Horizons project. From the initial planning stages, right through to delivery, the stories and issues raised by Somerset children have informed every part of the process.

Our progress

The first four homes have opened and now supporting six children, one more home is going to be open in August 2023. School sites have been identified and funding for capital work is in place. The first school will open in January 2024.

In June 2023 our partnership project won a prestigious Municipal Journal Award. See Somerset Council wins national award for groundbreaking children’s home partnership for more information.

Your involvement

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and we agree. And we believe that by working together, we can do more than just raise a child – we can change their story.

We are looking for caring and compassionate people to join us in a number of roles across Somerset, supporting local children and young people who are in care.

If you would like to know more about a high needs foster carer role, visit High needs fostering.

For more information about Homes and Horizons open vacancies, please email

Last reviewed: January 31, 2024 by Helly

Next review due: July 31, 2024

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