In the News

In the News


In February 2021 half term, the Leaving Care apprentices and the In-Care Councils (SiCC & SLCC) were invited to deliver a training session via Teams to 16 first-year social work students at Yeovil College.

We showed the students a film incorporating the voices of young people from the Care Councils, entitled ‘What Makes a Good Social Worker?’.

The young people used their lived experiences of care to tell the students what worked and what wasn’t helpful.  The main learning points were around consistency, reliability and listening to young people.


Watch this video to hear Somerset Care Leaver Aimee Bond talk about how she became a National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum Champion.

Tash’s first memory is violence, it was her father pushing her mother against the kitchen stove, she was two or three years old.
Tash grew up a survivor of violence and wants children and young people to know that your origin is not your future… your origin is not who you will be. This is Tash’s story, as told and illustrated by her.
Trigger warning: Some viewers may find the content in the film distressing as it contains detailed descriptions of family violence, abuse, neglect and suicide involving children and young people.

November  2018 – Unsung Hero Joshua Stobie wins ‘Peer to Peer Supporter of the Year’.

August 2018 –   Guest speaker Ange Hardy shares her  Inspirational speech from  Annual Achievement Awards 2018

July 2018 – Annual Achievement Awards 2018

18th May 2018 – SiCC’s Very Own Ryan is the National Mind Of My Own Champion

14th May 2018 – Somerset Nominated for an Award for its use of  the App Mind Of My Own

25 January 2018 – New Initiative Gets Children and Young People’s Voices Heard

A New National Advocacy ‘Safety Net’ and Advice Service for Children In and Leaving Care 



31 October 2017 – SiCC Paint the Brewhouse

20 October 2017 – Young People in Care Bring Staff Training to Life

15 September 2017 A Visit From Our Leader

01 September 2017 – A Summer of Getting to Know You Days

09 August 2017 – Somerset Care Council Leads The Way – Somerset County Council Newsroom

04 August 2017 – Mind Of My Own say Somerset in the top 10 authorities for using the app and they praise SiCC and SLCC for their efforts in achieving this – Read their full article here.

31 July 2017 – Annual Achievement Awards – Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

18 July 2017 – Young People Share their experience and Why it’s good to ‘Stay Put

12 July 2017 – Opportunities for ‘hidden’ vulnerable , young jobseekers – Newsroom

08 March 2017 – Care Leaver among those celebrating 10th National Apprenticeship Week

06 March 2017 – Children say thank you to social workers

23 January 2017 “What makes a good Foster Carer?” A video by SiCC & SLCC 

22 July 2016 – Somerset children in care’s achievements praised at annual Awards

23 June 2016 – Somerset young people speak up at Parliament. Press release

22 June 2016 – Bridgwater shows-off children’s creations

7 June 2016 – Children in care’s creations on show in Yeovil

10 May 2016 – Somerset children launch Foster Care Fortnight 2016!

2 February 2016 – Somerset social workers honoured at award ceremony. Press release

11 January 2016 – Without my foster mum, I wouldn’t be who I am today: Jade’s 2016 Message