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VIDEO: Mary Lewis updates Surrey’s Cabinet on progress in improving children’s services

Watch Mary Lewis, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, update the Cabinet on progress in improving Surrey’s children’s services, including the findings of a recent Ofsted monitoring visit.

AUDIO: Surrey Cabinet Member Mary Lewis encourages people to consider fostering

In an interview on BBC Surrey & Sussex yesterday, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children Mary Lewis spoke about the amazing work foster carers do to transform the lives of vulnerable children. Mary’s interview starts at 6:30. For more information on becoming a foster carer, you can phone the council’s fostering team on 0800 … Continue reading

Sniffer dog duo uncovers stash of illegal cigarettes and tobacco

A pair of sniffer dogs uncovered a stash of illegal cigarettes and tobacco hidden in a box of crisps in an Epsom shop. The duo guided trading standards officers to the illicit packs after the team paid a visit to Simran Mini Supermarket, trading as Save & Smile, last summer. Pippa alerted officers to the … Continue reading

Former Surrey foster child backs campaign to find new carers

A former Surrey foster child who credits his foster family with turning his life around is backing a new campaign to find more carers. Lewis says his foster family gave him stability and a sense of self-worth which helped him achieve 12 GCSEs and a job he loves. He said: “My early childhood consisted of … Continue reading

County council backs community bid to welcome Syrian refugee family to Mole Valley

Surrey County Council is supporting an application from a community group to sponsor a family fleeing conflict in Syria to settle in Mole Valley. Mary Lewis, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, took the decision on 22 January. More details are available here. Mrs Lewis said: “I’m pleased to support this community bid … Continue reading

Surrey agencies launch academy to train children’s workforce

Surrey County Council and partner agencies are today launching a new academy to train and support staff who work with children. Surrey Children’s Services Academy will support agencies across the county to work together to offer children and families the best possible help and care. The ambitious initiative is among the first of its kind in … Continue reading

VIDEO: Teen artist with cerebral palsy pays tribute to foster family after landing university place

A Surrey teenager with cerebral palsy whose art work has been displayed for the first time has told how his foster family supported him to succeed. Connor Brown, 19, is beginning a degree in fine art practice after taking A-levels in graphic design and photography, overcoming a disability which affects his fine motor skills. Connor’s … 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

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

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