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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

AUDIO: As Foster Care Fortnight gets underway, BBC Surrey talks to a foster carer about her experiences

As Foster Care Fortnight gets underway, Cindy, a Surrey foster carer, tells BBC Surrey about the rewards of fostering. To find out more about fostering, visit Surrey County Council’s website, call 0800 096 9626 or email fostering.recruitment@surreycc.gov.uk. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey.  

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

Mental health Haven for young people in Surrey officially opens

A new service which offers 10 to 18-year-olds in Surrey a safe place to go and talk about their worries and mental health has been officially opened by the Chairman of Surrey County Council, Peter Martin. The CYP Haven, located at The Discovery Centre in Guildford, is run as a partnership by Surrey and Borders … Continue reading

Surrey retailer fined for selling dangerous amber baby teething products

A Surrey businesswoman who sold amber teething products for babies which posed a choking risk has been ordered to pay fines and costs of £1,100. Kathryn Overington was fined £500 with costs of £600 following an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards. She was sentenced at Guildford Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to three … Continue reading

VIDEO: Foster families back call for 100 more foster carers in Surrey

Foster families are backing a push to recruit 100 more foster carers to help transform children’s lives in Surrey. Alison, of Walton-on-Thames, has fostered more than 50 children over the past 12 years. She said: “Get in touch and find out if fostering is for you. Seeing the difference you can make to young people … 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

Fostering events in Surrey

Potential foster carers can find out more about the role at a series of events being held by Surrey County Council. Children’s authors Carolyn Robertson and James Craker will be talking about how their experiences of fostering and adoption influenced their writing in an event at Woking Library on Wednesday 10 May. The free event … Continue reading

VIDEO: 65p in every council pound goes on children and adults’ wellbeing

As demand for critical services continues to rise, Surrey leader David Hodge has revealed that almost two thirds of the county council’s spending goes on the wellbeing of adults and children – 65 pence in every pound. In the video below he points to the number of older people needing the highest level of care … Continue reading

VIDEO: Council’s unsung heroes hard at work over the festive period

While families open presents and tuck into Christmas dinner or relax over the new year, it’s business as usual for the council’s unsung heroes who will be serving their communities over the festive period. Peter Martin, Surrey County Council deputy leader, said: “While most of us are opening presents are tucking into a turkey dinner on … Continue reading

Trading standards uncovers suffocation risk from packaging on 200 toy playsets

Surrey trading standards officers have uncovered a batch of 200 toy playsets destined to be sold as Christmas presents despite packaging which poses a suffocation risk. Officers ordered safety tests on a sample of the products – imported from China via Heathrow Airport – after becoming suspicious because the toys were incorrectly labelled. The tests … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Free training courses for voluntary groups; Fostering events in Surrey

Free training courses for voluntary groups More than 5,700 voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) groups are being offered training courses by Surrey County Council. The courses, which are also run by the authority for its own staff, are a mixture of e-learning and classroom based activities and help the VCFS deliver even more support … Continue reading

Specialist autism centre opens at Surrey school

Around 50 students, staff and parents gathered at Hinchley Wood School in Esher, Surrey, this week to mark the formal opening of the latest National Autistic Society Cullum Centre. It’s the third of four purpose-built specialist centres the charity and Surrey County Council are opening in the area, thanks to generous financial support from the … 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

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