From caring for vulnerable children and providing great schools where they are needed, right the way through helping young people find training and jobs, our children’s services cover a huge range of help and support.
Vulnerable children and their families and carers need to know that we are also looking at our long term support and how we can change, adapt, invest and improve wherever possible.
Our strategic approach is straightforward
- To provide the information, help and advice you need to make informed choices for you and your family. If you or a member of your family needs help, we want you to be able to find it quickly and easily – and for that information to really help
- To focus our help early and effectively, so it has the greatest impact. We know that helping families early will make a huge difference to their opportunities later in life
We know that we have a mixed picture of care provision for our children, and we are working hard to change and improve this.
Let’s be clear in one specific area: Our children’s safeguarding services have been rated by Ofsted as ‘Inadequate’ – this is not good enough and we are improving.
It is also worth highlighting that we need to work more effectively with schools and academies: Our GCSE school exam results are improving – but still not good enough. We want our children to have the best possible opportunities – and we are working with schools and academies to address this.
In particular, children entitled to free school meals do not attain the same results as children from more affluent families. We will work to narrow this gap and to give all children in Somerset the same opportunities to succeed in life.
Children’s social care
Children’s health and wellbeing