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Surrey’s children’s services substantially improved says Ofsted in latest monitoring visit

Children’s services at Surrey County Council have improved substantially over the past year according to an Ofsted report following a monitoring visit last month; the report states that “senior leaders and managers have made substantial progress in improving the response to children who are at risk of significant harm.” Ofsted observed substantial progress in Surrey’s … Continue reading

Helping Surrey’s carers get into sport

A new initiative has launched to help more carers get involved with and enjoy sport in Surrey. The Surrey Carers Sporting Collaborative brings together Surrey County Council, the Diocese of Guildford and Action for Carers Surrey. Along with Surrey County Cricket Club, Surrey Football Association and Surrey Rugby, the partnership is exploring ways to enable … Continue reading

HMICFRS report finds Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has made “significant progress”.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has reported that Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has made “significant progress” in a number of areas since their previous inspection in 2018. The HMICFRS inspection team revisited SFRS in September 2019. They went to two stations, spoke to our staff and operational managers, and … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey veterans enjoy community support thanks to drop-in hubs

A children’s choir provided Christmas entertainment for Epsom and Ewell veterans at a drop-in hub to support them in their community. The Epsom and Ewell Veterans Community Hub is one of several around Surrey aimed at expanding support for former servicemen and women, both younger and older. As well as offering practical advice, the hubs … Continue reading

Working together to protect young people in Surrey

Surrey County Council recently hosted a conference to raise awareness of child exploitation and abuse within Surrey. With partnership support from Surrey Police and the Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership, the Safeguarding Adolescents to Tackle Child Exploitation Conference took place on 29 November 2019. Delegates including social workers, schools, police and health practitioners, enjoyed insights from … Continue reading

Surrey to handle 999 calls for West Sussex

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service began taking 999 calls for both West Sussex and Surrey as of yesterday (Wednesday 4 December 2019). Control Operators will despatch firefighters and fire engines from West Sussex to emergencies in their county from the joint control room. It will not affect the level of service provided to anyone calling … Continue reading

Help plant new trees in Surrey this Christmas

As Surrey residents have started putting up Christmas trees ready for the festive season, they’re being encouraged to donate £3 to support the Surrey’s Trees for Christmas appeal. Christmas trees are a much-loved part of the festive season, so it’s a perfect time to give something back to the environment and support the planting of … Continue reading

Surrey celebrates its newly qualified social workers

Surrey’s newest social workers were celebrated at an event to mark their first year of practice, during which they have access to regular and focused support to develop their skills, knowledge, capabilities and professional confidence. Bishnu, a newly qualified social worker, said: “We’ve seen a lot of progress here which makes it an exciting place … Continue reading

Tina Thorburn’s latest roadworks update

An update on the works taking place on Surrey’s roads from the county council’s highways team. More information on these roadworks along with details of other works is available at surreycc.gov.uk/roadworks.

Surrey review countryside parking charges

Parking charges in Surrey County Council’s countryside sites could be removed to help promote health and wellbeing, under new proposals. It has been recommended to the council’s cabinet that the charges are stopped from 1 April 2020 as they don’t align with the council’s Community Vision to 2030 and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy. It … Continue reading

Surrey County Council will work with communities across the county to ensure library services are modernised and remain open

Surrey County Council is planning to work closely with communities across the county to ensure their library services remain open with an updated library service that works for them. There are 52 libraries across Surrey now and the Council want to keep library services in each of the communities that they serve. Over a period … Continue reading

Kier Highways and Oxted branch of Yorkshire Building Society win awards for supporting Surrey communities

A highways firm has been recognised by Surrey County Council for a scheme which puts vulnerable young people on the road to a career. Kier Highways was named one of two winners of the We Are Surrey 2019 Social Value Awards for supporting young people who are struggling to find a footing in the world … Continue reading

Drop in temperature kick starts council’s winter operation

With temperatures due to plummet below 0°C tonight the county council’s winter highways operation has kicked into place. A fleet of gritting lorries are set to head out on Surrey’s roads tonight on the Priority 1 network for the first time since last winter. The trucks will be heading out from about 7pm after filling … Continue reading

VIDEO: Cabinet Member urges Surrey residents to get a flu jab this winter

Surrey Cabinet Member Sinead Mooney is leading by example in urging people to get a flu jab to protect against the virus this winter. The county council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health visited a Surrey pharmacy to receive her vaccination. Visit the Healthy Surrey website to find out more about flu jabs … Continue reading

Surrey County Council celebrates the achievements of children in its care

Surrey County Council celebrated the achievements of the children in its care, at an awards ceremony at Notre Dame School in Cobham on 1 November 2019. The annual Oscarz event came about as an action from the Surrey Care Council – a group of young people in care, who meet regularly to talk about what … Continue reading

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