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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

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

Communities sign up to scheme to share time and skills

Scores of neighbours across Surrey are signing up to share their time and expertise in a new community drive launched by the county council. Since plans for the scheme, which involves members offering their skills and getting help with tasks they struggle with, were launched communities have worked with the council to form groups in … Continue reading

Surrey couple foster 269 children

A Surrey couple who have cared for 269 children over 40 years are among the country’s busiest foster carers. With Foster Care Fortnight getting underway on Monday, Pam and Graham are appealing to others to open their homes and hearts to children who need a family to look after them. The Farnham couple, who have … Continue reading

Foster mum backs push to find more foster carers in Surrey

A mum who has fostered a 15-year-old is appealing to others to offer a loving home to a teenager who needs one. As Foster Care Fortnight gets underway, Vicky is urging would-be foster families to consider opening their homes to teenagers as well as babies and younger children. She says her experience of fostering a … Continue reading

Meet the new Cabinet team

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge today unveiled two new Cabinet Members at the annual Full Council meeting – Clare Curran and Richard Walsh. Click on the dots that appear in the picture below and watch the video underneath for more information about them and the rest of the team, including new Cabinet Associate Member … Continue reading

Council to launch scheme for people to share time and skills

Time is money but under Surrey County Council plans it will be converted into a currency to spend and save with neighbours. The authority aims to launch an initiative that allows people to share their time and skills in return for ‘credit’ to spend with others in the community. For example, a teenager could teach … Continue reading

Surrey transforms the lives of 1,050 families

More than 1,000 families in need of support have turned their lives around with help from a ground-breaking Surrey programme. New figures reveal that the Surrey Family Support Programme has reached a Government target two months early by helping 1,050 of the county’s most vulnerable families. The initiative involves public services in Surrey working together … Continue reading

More than 2,100 pack out Surrey’s biggest careers fair

  More than 2,100 people descended on Epsom to pack out Surrey’s biggest careers fair and pick up advice on apprenticeships, jobs and training. The Surrey Opportunities Fair organised by the county council was aimed at school pupils and those seeking new opportunities. It gave them the chance to find out more about 100-plus apprentice … Continue reading

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