It’s a week of events here in sunny Somerset. And not just any events. World class, on the map, famous, celebrity spotting, jaw dropping, inspiring, ‘were you there?’ kind of events. GLASTONBURY! Yes, Glastonbury Festival takes place here in Somerset. For over 45 years, festival revellers have made their way in their thousands (around 200,000 at latest count) to a farm near Glastonbury to…well…enjoy music, dance, comedy, theatre, circus and too many things to list. Apparently people attending the firstRead More

I really do love my job and hopefully just the one day I’ve detailed below shows you why. I love the variety, complexity and unpredictability of the work we do and working flexibly not only helps to support our children and families and deliver support in a way that works for them, but also gets the best out of us as practitioners. I am not denying that we do work long hours, sometimes unplanned, but that is the nature ofRead More

On Wednesday 19 April 2017 we had our first Try Before you Apply event. We were lucky enough to have social workers making the trip to visit us from as far afield as Blackpool and Cornwall. The visiting social workers visited Hestercombe House and Gardens, a local stately home. They discussed what it would be like to live in Somerset and ending the morning at the beautiful Stables Café within the grounds to sample some locally cooked food. In the afternoon, weRead More

Visit us at Stand 18

If you’re at the Compass Job Fair in Birmingham tomorrow, make sure you pop by the Somerset County Council stand to find out more about working in this beautiful corner of the south west. Come and chat to our qualified social workers to discover how our structured support offer and our commitment to reducing caseloads means staff are staying and continuing their career with us. One of our social workers, Willow Duffy, will also be presenting as part of theRead More


A partnership of South West local authorities led by Somerset County Council has successfully bid for Government funding to train a further 49 children’s social workers. The Government’s Step Up to Social Work programme encourages graduates with experience of working with children and young people to train for social work. Student social workers are placed in a council setting so that they can gain hands-on practitioner experience while they study. This will be the second time Somerset has worked withRead More

Join us for a day in beautiful Somerset

Social workers from across the UK are invited to come and join Somerset County Council for the day to discover more about living and working in the area. You’ll spend the morning getting to know a corner of our beautiful county and the afternoon with some of our social workers and operational staff gaining an understanding of our working environment and cases. You’ll be accompanied by a small group of social workers with the same interest in coming to joinRead More

Final blog from our Step Up to Social Work student

So, this is my final blog as a Step Up student and I am aware that the next lot of students are preparing to apply for the next intake. I know this because several people have asked to meet up and talk about what it involves and what the programme is looking for, which I have been happy to do. I thought I would consider this topic here for those of you who are thinking about applying. I would suggestRead More

Key Somerset County Councillors heard of Ministerial praise of ‘significant’ and ‘tangible’ improvements in its Children’s Services. Cabinet members were updated on progress in the service, which included a letter from Edward Timpson, the Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, to Leader of the council, John Osman. The letter follows four reviews by a team from Essex County Council and refers to significant improvements, more manageable caseloads, a more stable workforce and better partnership working. “These changes haveRead More

  Somerset County Council is bidding for funding for a follow-up to its successful initiative to train children’s social workers. In January 2017, the Council will find out if central government has supported its bid to offer the Step Up to Social Work Programme for the second time. The programme encourages anyone with experience of working with children and young people to train for social work. So far it has supported 28 social work trainees across a south west regionalRead More