Our story so far
We are constantly striving to improve the support we provide to children in Somerset.
Our leadership is strong and our aspirations are high for both our staff and our children. Somerset is a council whose foremost priorities are the most vulnerable children within the county, and their safety.
In 2018 our services were rated as requires improvement and we are committed to strive for the very best across all areas of our service, working towards outstanding.
In January 2019 Ofsted inspectors carried out a snap inspection of Somerset County Council’s early help and social work teams and recognised the continuous positive improvement we are making.
Inspectors found good practice and praised the following:
- Social workers feeling well supported and receiving supervision they value
- Good opportunities for professional development
- Appropriate caseloads for newly qualified social workers
- Teams with a range of skills, ensuring children who would otherwise have been taken into care have remained safely at home with their families
For the full report visit here.
The Somerset Children & Young People’s Plan 2019 to 2022 has now been published.
It is the vision of all services working with vulnerable children and families; working in partnership to improve not just single lives but the communities that support these individuals. Information sharing, joint/multi agency working and risk assessments have been developed and we and all of our partners work to detailed action plans.
Huge investment in learning and development and the creation of our Academy has improved retention of our Social Workers highlighting that Somerset is a good place to work. Our ASYE programme, which is being extended, is highly regarded. Through this we continue to ‘grow our own’ but we are always looking for new colleagues to join our service to bring fresh ideas and new approaches.
Do you want to be part of our journey to Good and Outstanding? See our jobs page