Know what to do if your child starts to display coronavirus symptoms 17 September, 2020

Our children have been back in school for nearly two weeks and the number one question on all parents’ minds seems to be ‘what exactly do I do if my child has coronavirus symptoms?’ There are now available a couple of really helpful guides you can download to give you…

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Important – don’t get a test unless you have symptoms! 17 September, 2020

Please only book a Coronavirus test if someone in your household is displaying symptoms. This includes a fever, a new dry persistent cough and/or a loss of taste and smell. Remember: Getting a test when you’re not displaying symptoms could show a negative result which may not be the case.…

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Can you make a difference? 17 September, 2020

Somerset urgently needs more foster families, including a number of long term, specialist foster homes for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Experience or an understanding of autism and learning disabilities would be helpful, but is not essential as training will be provided. Great communication skills and a willingness…

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New ‘portal’ provides mental health support for young people 17 September, 2020

Young people in Somerset can access support for their mental health via a new portal which is available on an app. Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has partnered with MeeTwo to provide specialist support to young people in areas Somerset by creating a unique portal which sits inside the MeeTwo…

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Introducing you to Zoë 17 September, 2020

Hello! I’m Zoë  Lane and I have just started in the role of Deputy Designated Clinical Officer for SEND in Somerset. I will be working with Shona Turnbull -Kirk who is the Programme Lead for SEND at Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group. I’m really excited to get going in this role and…

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Returning to school – help and support for you 10 September, 2020

Somerset’s education leaders have been busy over the summer getting their schools, colleges and early years settings ready for September. Children of all ages are returing to school, and a message on behalf of the county’s head teachers has been issued – “we’re ready and we can’t wait to welcome…

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Co-Production workshop – your chance to be heard 10 September, 2020

There’s an opportunity to play your part in helping shape services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families (SEND). Somerset’s Children and Young People’s Therapy Service and SEND Advisory Services (Sensory, Physical and Occupational Therapy), along with the Autism and Communication Service are …

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Important SEND Professional Portal update 10 September, 2020

Working with SEND services? Please note there are important developments to the SEND Professional Portal starting from this week. Forms are now being released electronically to all education settings, following previous releases for early years, primary, special and secondary schools/ settings. This development will provide huge benefits for all in terms…

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Talking Cafés can help keep you connected 10 September, 2020

Calling all parent carers! Do you need information, advice, and support? Or perhaps you just fancy a friendly chat? Good news! You can now use Facebook Live to join people across the county for daily Talking Café events. Typically running from local venues, Talking Cafes have taken place in Somerset…

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Covid-19 webinars for schools 7 September, 2020

The South West Health Protection Team have set up COVID-19 educational setting webinars for any educational setting to attend. The sessions will cover infection prevention principles and then discuss scenarios to illustrate this. If you would like to attend the next webinar is on Tuesday 15 September. You can book…

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