Free online support for challenging behaviour 2 October, 2020

Need some support managing challenging behaviour? The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) is offering free online support for parent carers from your own home via video call. Carer Catch-ups are informal chat groups with other families. Touch base with others who understand the ups and downs of caring for and about…

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Time to apply for school places 2 October, 2020

Somerset parents and carers are being urged to apply for school places online and in time. Whether your child is starting school for the first time, or transferring to their next school, applications need to be made through Somerset County Council’s website: www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions The deadline for parents to submit applications…

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SEND inspection update for parents 25 September, 2020

Somerset’s services for children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities were inspected by OFSTED and CQC in March. The inspection identified nine areas of weakness which need to be addressed. Since the inspection, work has been underway to draw up the plan to address these areas.…

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SEND leaders take part in Q&A session with staff 25 September, 2020

This week we held the first in a series of question and answer sessions with Julian Wooster, Director of Childrens Services at Somerset County Council and Becky Applewood, Deputy Director, Woman and Children’s Health (CCG). Over 80 staff from across the Local Area joined this virtual session and heard from…

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Free workshops for Practitioners working with families and children 25 September, 2020

It is not unusual for most workers to feel out of their depth and under-skilled when working with parent carers and families of disabled children.. Our workshops aim to help professionals: Increase understanding of disability, including hidden disability Increase awareness of the effect of disability on the family Enable more…

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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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