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Make your ordinary, a child’s extraordinary: more foster carers are urgently needed in Surrey 

To address the urgent need for foster carers, Surrey County Council is launching a myth-busting campaign to encourage residents not to rule out fostering. The campaign, “making your ordinary, their extraordinary” explains that the eligibility criteria is reflective of modern households and it’s the everyday activities like walking, talking and cooking that have the most impact on … Continue reading

Youth Offending Services in Surrey graded as ‘Good’ by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation

Surrey County Council is delighted that youth offending services for young people in Surrey have been graded as ‘Good’ overall, and ‘Outstanding’ in three areas by HM Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP). The Surrey Youth Offending Service, who work with young people involved in criminal behaviour and youth crime prevention, has made significant progress since the … Continue reading

Surrey County Council welcomes “improved” Ofsted grading for children and family services

Surrey County Council is pleased that services for children and families in Surrey have improved in all areas, according to a recent Ofsted inspection Inspectors noted that Surrey’s leaders have achieved “significant change”, based on a thorough understanding of current performance and are “determined to continue the trajectory of improvement” The number of recommendations from … Continue reading

Pioneering fostering programme supports 70 looked after children and their foster families in Surrey

A pioneering fostering model in Surrey has now helped improve the lives of 70 young people, giving them a stronger support network and extended family. Surrey County Council introduced the Mockingbird Family Model, which in the UK is delivered by leading charity The Fostering Network, in October 2019. Children and young people in foster care … Continue reading

Most of Surrey’s young care leavers are supported well by their personal advisers, say Ofsted, as the children’s service continues to drive recruitment  

Children’s services at Surrey County Council are helping children “make progress in their transitions to becoming independent young adults” and “young people who are Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers (UAS) receive specialist and skilled support”, according to a letter published by Ofsted following a monitoring visit in September. The monitoring visit looked at the provision of information … Continue reading

Surrey launches new strategy to improve the lives of autistic people  

A new strategy has been published today that hopes to improve the lives of the estimated 12,300 people including children and young people living in Surrey with autism. Surrey’s All-Age Autism (AAA) Strategy 2021-26 will help break down barriers and inequalities that autistic children, young people and adults face in education, health, social care, work and communities.  The AAA strategy was developed after a public consultation in 2020 and created with autistic people, their families and carers and professionals from … Continue reading

New Cabinet formally announced at Council’s AGM

Surrey County Council’s new Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Leader of the Council, Cabinet and Select Committee members were elected and confirmed today at the Council’s AGM. The meeting was held in person but with COVID-19 control measures in place, at the Council’s new HQ at Wodhatch Place, Reigate. Cllr Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey’s Conservative group, was … Continue reading

Surrey foster carers first in country to gain new qualification

Eight Surrey foster carers along with four care and family support workers have become the first in the country to gain a new qualification aimed at helping vulnerable children reach their potential. The group achieved the award after studying an approach to caring that is already well-regarded in other countries for helping children overcome troubled … Continue reading

Ofsted publishes report following inspection of Surrey children’s services

Following an inspection of children’s services in Surrey earlier this year, Ofsted has published a report on their findings.     Responding to the report, Clare Curran, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, said: “We totally accept that the support we give to children and their families simply isn’t good enough and we’ve brought … Continue reading

VIDEO: Mental health service for children and young people recognised with national award

An out of hours mental health support service for 11-18 year olds in Surrey has been honoured at the first ever Children and Young People’s Mental Health (CYPMH) Positive Practice Awards.  The Extended Hope service provides out of hours telephone support seven days per week for young people experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis, … Continue reading

Surrey leader unveils new Cabinet team

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today unveiled his new Cabinet team. John Furey is the new Deputy Leader with Colin Kemp taking over responsibility for highways. Newly elected county councillor Tim Oliver will cover property and business services and Denise Turner-Stewart will oversee the communities portfolio. Below is a list of the new Cabinet … Continue reading

Appeal for adoptive families for children who wait longer to find a forever home

Parents who have adopted sets of siblings and children with disabilities have urged others to come forward and change the lives of youngsters who wait longer to find a forever family. With National Adoption Week in full swing, two families told of the rewards that adopting their children has brought them. Sarah*, a single mum-of-one, … Continue reading

VIDEO: From Jakarta to Epsom – Indonesian party visit Surrey

Government officials from Indonesia have called on the expertise of Surrey County Council. A 15-strong party from the National Institute of Public Administration visited the Focus Youth Centre in Epsom to find out how the authority transformed young people’s services. The civil servants from the Jakarta-based organisation responsible for developing public services were told how … Continue reading

AUDIO: BBC Surrey interview with Clare Curran about drive to recruit social workers

Listen to Cabinet Member for Children and Families’ Wellbeing Clare Curran talk to BBC Surrey about the county council’s drive to recruit more social workers by offering incentive payments of up to £15,000. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Surrey launches drive to recruit more children’s social workers

Social workers are being offered incentive payments of up to £15,000 as part of the county council’s efforts to attract more to work in Surrey. New recruits to Surrey’s children’s services will receive £7,000 spread over the first four years of working for the council. On top of a £2,000 starter payment, they will get … Continue reading

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