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Have your say: Proposed changes to the County Council's support and services for children and their families

County Council are reviewing the support families and children recieve from getset services by holding a consultation, your feelings and views can be heard by filling in the questionnaire.


We are seeking people’s views on proposals that would see a reduction in some of the support currently provided for children and their families by the Council’s getset service. The support that would be reduced is mostly for families with children aged 0 to 4 who need a little extra short-term help.

The Council’s getset services are part of its early help offer. Early help is what we call the services for children, young people and their families who are having difficulties that they can usually overcome or manage with a little bit of support from different organisations working together with them.

getset services are delivered in 2 parts:
• Work with children and families with ‘additional’ needs (Level 2, see page 3).
• Work with children and families who have ‘complex’ needs and this work requires support from different organisations working together. (Level 3, see page 3).

At present the County Council’s getset service plays an important role, providing support and coordinating that of other organisations. However, lots of different organisations have a role in providing early help including nurseries, schools and colleges, health visitors, hospitals and GPs, police and mental health workers.

Please note: Early help is not the help and support that children and families get when they have serious difficulties. This help and support, including that from Social Workers, is unaffected by these proposals.


Before making a decision, we want to understand what people think about the proposals and how they may affect them and their communities. We want to collect information that could help limit any impact if the proposals are taken forward.

The consultation is open to anyone, whether you use the services or just have an interest in the way that families and children are supported in Somerset.

The comments and information gathered will help the Council’s elected members make a decision next year on whether the changes should go ahead.

This is your chance to make your voice heard, so if you are interested please take part. The closing date for comments is 5pm on Monday 31 December 2018.

click Consultation to read about services provided and County Councils proposals.

click Questionnaire to complete.

click Polish version Consultation

click Polish version Questionnaire

click Romanian version Consultation

click Romanian version Questionnaire


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