The result of the 2015 Ofsted inspection of children’s services was that services and arrangements to safeguard children were inadequate. Since this judgement Somerset Children’s Services have been on a journey of improvement, and continue to be work towards an outstanding status.
Since 2015 strong, stable leadership has become truly embedded and our leaders have high aspirations for our service as we have come so far; aspirations which filter down to our staff too. Somerset is a council whose foremost priorities are the most vulnerable children within the county, and their safety.
The Somerset Children & Young People’s Plan was published in 2016 and 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