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Government report published on Surrey’s Youth Offending Service

A government report has criticised the work of Surrey’s Youth Offending Service. The report highlighted that more work needs to be done to ensure we have the right response to meet the level of offending, around collecting data, staff readiness to respond to issues of safety and wellbeing, and around ensuring the safety of children … Continue reading

New Regional Adoption Agency

Quicker matching and widened choice of families for children From April 2020 ‘Adoption South East’, Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) will provide adoption services as a collaboration between Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove Councils. ‘Adoption South East’ (ASE) will aim to find families for up to 150 children annually, and support several … Continue reading

Inspectors publish report on Surrey services for children with special educational needs

Surrey County Council, the six Surrey clinical commissioning groups and Family Voice Surrey have welcomed an inspection report on special educational needs and disability services in the county. Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission carried out a joint review of Surrey’s progress in addressing weaknesses highlighted in a previous inspection in 2016. The full joint … 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

New app launched for South East armed forces community

A new mobile app has been launched to signpost members of the armed forces community in Surrey and the South East to support and advice in their area. The “Forces Connect” app is designed to link users in four easy clicks to organisations offering help and support across a wide range of services. The free … 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

TV presenters among famous faces at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

This year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will feature a trio of TV presenters who are more used to announcing the news than making it. The BBC Breakfast duo of Louise Minchin and Naga Munchetty and Sky News’s Dermot Murnaghan are three of the best-known presenters in the country. But the trio will swap the TV studios … Continue reading

VIDEO AND MAP: RideLondon’s multi-million pound boost for Surrey sporting good causes

Grassroots groups have been awarded more than £3million to improve sport and leisure facilities thanks to Surrey’s role in the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival. Dozens of Surrey projects have secured grants from The London Marathon Charitable Trust since the inaugural RideLondon-Surrey events in 2013. The London Marathon Charitable Trust awards grants to recreational projects in … 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

86% of Surrey pupils offered their first choice primary school

Eighty-six per cent of Surrey children who applied for Reception Class places this year were offered their first choice school. Almost all applicants – 96 per cent – were allocated one of their top three preferred schools. Mary Lewis, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “I’m really pleased we’ve been able to offer … Continue reading

84% of Surrey pupils offered their first choice secondary school despite rise in applications

Surrey has offered five out of six applicants their first preference secondary school despite an eight per cent rise in applications. The county council processed 851 more applications this year than last – enough to fill an entire new secondary school. Figures for secondary school “national offer day” show: *83.6% of Surrey applicants were offered … Continue reading

Proposal unveiled for Runnymede all-weather pitch to help secure multi-million pound secondary school

A plan to build an all-weather sports pitch to help secure funding for a new multi-million pound secondary school in Runnymede will be considered by the county council’s Cabinet. The proposal would provide new sports grounds for Chertsey High School, a new free school helping to meet growing demand for school places in Runnymede. It … Continue reading

ROUND-UP: Farm Project recognised for helping young people; Work underway to improve road safety

Farm Project recognised for helping young people A Surrey County Council project where disadvantaged young people get hands-on work experience with animals and farming has been named as one of the best in the country at the Children and Young People Now Awards. The Farm Project, in Outwood, Tandridge, provides a relaxed atmosphere to help … Continue reading

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