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Somerset County Council is encouraging parents and carers to protect children from the harmful effects of the sun at home or abroad this summer. &nbs... read more...
     Public Health is pleased to launch the new classroom at Frogmary Green Farm in South Petherton       T... read more...
  Emotion Coaching - Latest Evaluation Published   We are very pleased to announce that the latest evaluation of the Public Health funded... read more...
Teenage Years Leaflet     Public Health have launched a new leaflet and resources to help support better understanding of the change... read more...
New Kooth Online Counselling and Wellbeing information website launched     Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group have commissioned a n... read more...
        National Smile Month      15th May – 15th June 2017           &... read more...
  Supporting Healthy Relationships and Wellbeing PSHE Study Day - Primary Phase   14th June 2017   Frogmary Green Fa... read more...
  Single Point of Access for CAMHS   One number is all you need if you:   are a professional working with Children and Yo... read more...
Play “Celebration” Conference 2017 Playing in a Precious World Wednesday 3rd May   Somerset Play Forum are running another annua... read more...
Every year in England, children in Reception and Year 6 have their height and weight measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCM... read more...
The Public Health England e-Bug team have developed an online training module to give teachers the confidence, knowledge and skills to use e-Bug in th... read more...
         Supporting the emotional and mental health of boys and young men   Do you work with boys and young men?... read more...
Measuring and monitoring children and young people’s mental wellbeing   A national toolkit for measuring and monitoring children and Youn... read more...
  Essential support for under 25s – mental health, relationships and self-care   The Mix is an interactive support tool for young... read more...
The Charlie Waller Institute at the University of Reading are carrying out some research to investigate what teachers would find most useful to suppor... read more...
At the start of this year, primary schools received Our Healthy Year (OHY) toolkits from Change4Life. The toolkits are designed to build healthy hab... read more...
The Field to Fork Project aims to support the development and delivery of outdoor learning linked to healthy eating, farming, emotional wellbeing, pla... read more...
Somerset Public Health has recently published the data drawn from a county-wide Children and Young People Health and Wellbeing Survey.   In the... read more...
In 2015 Somerset Public Health commissioned Knightsmith Associates to deliver an emotional health engagement project with young people in So... read more...
    Somerset County Council is encouraging parents to be ‘sunsmart’ to protect their children from the harmful effects of the ... read more...
Find out how you and your school can get involved with Smile Month at: nationalsmilemonth   16th May – 16th June 2016   National S... read more...
Speak Out, Stay Safe   The NSPCC School Service has developed a ground breaking initiative, the ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme (d... read more...
New drive to protect children from 'spell of twisted ideologies'   Parents and teachers are able to access help to protect chil... read more...
Julian Wooster, the Director of Children's Services, and Trudi Grant, the Director of Public Health, have invited schools and colleges across Somerset... read more...
  During early September the Dove Self-Esteem Project will be visiting Somerset schools to deliver 'Confident Me' workshops to students age... read more...
Developed by Public Health England, e-Bug is an exciting, fun and free health education resource for teachers and school-aged children. The resources ... read more...
Grow > Cook > Enjoy                             Summer Competition 2015 ... read more...
FOOD REVOLUTION DAY IS FIGHTING TO PUT COMPULSORY PRACTICAL FOOD EDUCATION ON THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM.   With diet-related diseases rising at an ... read more...
Signposting for schools seeking support for complex childhood medical conditions   This document, which provides information for schools and ot... read more...
Free tools and information packs   The 2014 Children & Families Act sets out a school's duty to make arrangements to support pupils at scho... read more...
There is a wealth of evidence that poor oral health, including gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancers, can significantly affect physical and emotio... read more...
Friday 12th June 2015   Following on from the huge success of last year’s event, Frogmary Green Farm in South Petherton are once aga... read more...
  Public Health are now recruiting schools to join the second phase of the Make School Meals Count programme, which supports increased scho... read more...
  The Dove Self-Esteem Project resources for Key Stage 3 were recently awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark for effective practice in ... read more...
The PSHE Association has launched new guidance for teachers about the safe and confident teaching of body image in schools as part of the PS... read more...
  Public Health is awarding services and organisations recognition for promoting breastfeeding to families and supporting the continued prevalen... read more...
Childnet film competition 2015   Childnet’s Film Competition invites children and young people to get creative about e-safety!   ... read more...
17th – 23rd May   Dementia is rapidly becoming one of the most challenging diseases our generation faces, and one that will be an even gr... read more...
Public Health England, Department of Health and NHS England have issued guidance for headteachers and other school staff on the nasal spray ... read more...
The PSHE Association published new guidance for schools on preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing. The guidance has been ... read more...
Supporting Children and Young People's Emotional Health in Somerset   Somerset Public Health have commissioned two projects to support and impr... read more...
The 'Rise Above' website offers help for young people on how to deal with personal and societal issues.   Created by young ... read more...
Promoting and improving positive, holistic sexual health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities in Somerset.   The latest programme of ... read more...
Adventures on Land and Sea   Somerset Play Forum is running an annual conference to showcase some of the best examples of play-based activities... read more...
Primary schools are being asked to send in proposals for funding to support the health and wellbeing of children under 11 years. A benevolent foundati... read more...
NHS Sports Challenge   Primary schools looking to increase levels of physical activity for children 4 -11years are being offered the chance to ... read more...
Applied Suicide Interventions and Training (ASIST)   ASIST is a two-day, intensive suicide intervention skills-training workshop aimed at those... read more...
PHE report encourages organisations to address the health needs of young people   PHE has published an Improving young people’s health an... read more...
Time to Talk Day   Thursday 5 February 2015 is Time to Talk Day when everyone is asked to take 5... read more...
Improving the wellbeing of children and young people: Evidence from The Children’s Society and NEF   Ways to wellbeing for child... read more...
    As part of the School Food Plan, a new set of standards for all food served in schools came into force on 1st January 2015.   T... read more...
Evaluation of MindEd – help make it useful for all who work with children and young people   The MindEd e-portal is a new resource commis... read more...
The Family Planning Association have recently produced a new training resource on SRE for Primary Schools.   'Growing up with Yasmine and Tom' ... read more...
As part of the government’s School Food Plan, free training and support is now available to help improve the number of junior, middle and second... read more...
The Community Council for Somerset has developed a project to help families in Somerset keep warm this winter   Somerset Warmer Families inform... read more...
On 19th November the Sex Education Forum published results of a parent survey. The survey found that:   The overwhelming majority of parents wa... read more...
Mental Health First Aid Training   Somerset Public Health are hosting two Mental Health Fist Aid Courses, one in December 2014 and one in ... read more...
New Sex Education Forum guidance on reviewing and updating school SRE policies    The Sex Education Forum have published new guidance advi... read more...
The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment   Public Health England have published a briefing that offers head... read more...
Autumn census 2nd October - maximise your school meal uptake!   Funding for Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) for the third term ... read more...
October is just around the corner which means it’s the time for the final preparations for the Stoptober challenge.Last year nearly 250,000 peop... read more...
Child Accident Prevention - Quarterly Calendar, September - December 2014   Download the latest Child Accident Prevention quarterly bulletin&nb... read more...
The Somerset Mental Health Toolkit for Children and Young People provides support to schools, colleges and Somerset 'getset' services about ... read more...
Somerset Children and Young People Survey (SCYPS) In the Spring Term of 2014 almost 10,000 children and young people across Somerset participated in a... read more...
CANCELLED - due to low numbers, this training has been cancelled and will now be offered as a twilight. Dates to be confirmed.   The Somerset D... read more...
InterAct is a new resource developed by The Somerset Health & Wellbeing in Learning Programme in collaboration with Take Art - it uses drama techn... read more...
Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings   Public Health England have updated their infection control guidance for... read more...
Ebola Advice for Schools and Colleges Public Health England has issued guidance for schools and colleges regarding the risk of Ebola in students retu... read more...
The PSHE Association and the Association for Science Education have produced a joint briefing on schools' statutory duties to ensure that ch... read more...
Harm Reduction Officer Alan Earl is the Seconded Police Officer to the South West Grid for Learning and he has issued advice to both young people... read more...
The House of Commons Education Committee has announced enquiry into Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Sex and Relationships Educatio... read more...
National children’s continence charity ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) has launched a new campaign to improve ... read more...
Somerset County Council is offering a Books on Prescription scheme for children, young people and their parents and carers. The list of over twenty bo... read more...
Advice for head teachers, staff and governing bodies   In March 2014, the Department for Education published an advisory document to help schoo... read more...
Somerset’s Draft Strategy   To support the introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals in September, Somerset County Council has b... read more...
Barnardo's Mandala Therapy and Play Service   An interactive and experiential training day for all practitioners who work directly with childre... read more...
Barnardo's Mandala Therapy and Play Service   A reflective training day for practitioners who work directly with young people who self-harm. &... read more...
Child Safety Events May 2014 includes a round up of child accident information and events.   For further information or support ... read more...
Interested in free resources to help you protect children in the families you work with from serious accidents? Sign-up to Child Safety Week 2014 www.... read more...
An estimated 40% of young children are Vitamin D deficient and despite a call to action on vitamin D by the chief medical officer Prof Dame Sally Davi... read more...
  In March 2014 new SRE guidance was published: Sex and Relationships Education for the 21st Century, supplementing the exis... read more...
Somerset Wildlife Trust are hosting an Outdoor Learning Conference - connecting children and young people to nature. The event, which is free to atten... read more...
School Activity Packs - available free   The local Smokefree Homes and Cars project has some free school activity packs available on a first co... read more...
Somerset County Council are reviewing Healthy Weight Services throughout the county. Considering the needs of the population in pregnancy, childhood, ... read more...
Child Safety Week Health Promotion Poster/Poem activity.   Child Safety Week letter to Primary Heads Centres Nurseries and Child Minders... read more...
DECIPHer-ASSIST reducing the uptake of smoking – last few places remaining   The DECIPHer-ASSIST programme has been running in Somerset f... read more...
With Universal Infant Free School Meals being introduced from September we want to get children and young people involved in developing tasty, healthy... read more...
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance, published in March 2014, reports that better access to contraceptive services will reduce ... read more...
The 'Somerset Children and Young People Survey' (SCYPS) is being commissioned by the Somerset Health and Wellbeing in Learning Programme to provide sc... read more...
The Smokefree Somerset Alliance works together to tackle illicit tobacco, promote smokefree living, and reduce the harm caused by smoking across Somer... read more...
“Sex without consent, I suppose that is rape”: How young people in England understand sexual consent   Office of the Children&rsqu... read more...
On 12 July 2013, the Department for Education published the School Food Plan; the outcome of the review of school food commissioned by the Secretary o... read more...
Talking to children about abuse and how to get help The ChildLine Schools Service is providing highly trained volunteers to talk to primary school chi... read more...
Somerset Play Forum will be hosting a Play Celebration Event on 30th April at Huish Woods. After the success of 2013, the forum has developed another ... read more...
Roll out and support for staff – January onwards   Somerset has a new Early Help Strategy which will impact on the way we work with our c... read more...
Over the coming months the National Child Measurement Programme data will be collected by the School Nursing Team from Somerset Partnership NHS Founda... read more...
Safety advice for parents and carers includes a round up of child accident information and events, including a forthcoming confere... read more...
It is vitally important for children and young people to build strong bones to maximise their bone strength later in life. Although osteoporosis may b... read more...
Somerset Children and Young People Survey   Bone Health for Children and Young People   Domestic Abuse and Violence - Guidance for Educa... read more...
Organisations that work with children and young people are in a good position to identify those who may be experiencing domestic violence/abuse, both ... read more...
The Somerset Sexual Health Training Programme includes mixed agency training as well as training focused on the needs of particular staff groups. It a... read more...
      Public Health have recently compiled a list of national and local help lines and websites that can support parents and profess... read more...
Somerset Public Health is very pleased to launch a new Five Ways to Wellbeing app to help people improve their wellbeing through everyday activities. ... read more...
As you will be aware there are an increasing number of measles cases and local outbreaks being reported across England and Wales.Whilst we should keep... read more...
Somerset Partnership provides a Community Paediatric Dietetic Service to support families and children who are struggling with weight management. We h... read more...
Zing is a simple way to keep track of physical activity throughout each month. Once registered, the site allows you to log the amount of activity you ... read more...
  Sustrans, the leading charity that promotes healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, will be officially celebrating Bike to School Week betwee... read more...
  HHYPE is a specific group programme for 12-15 year olds in Somerset who are affected by a parent or carer or close family member’s alcoh... read more...
  A pathway to help guide and prompt anyone concerned about young people’s drug and alcohol use has just been published by Somerset Drug a... read more...
      A free training day for professionals working with children and young people   On Friday July 5th   At the Red B... read more...
‘What’s For Tea?’   We are very pleased to announce that 189 children from 16 schools took part in the ‘What's for Te... read more...
Free Cooking Club Training in West Somerset!   Would you like to establish a cooking club? Would you like to refresh an existing club?  ... read more...
            Somerset Play Forum Spring Celebration in a Woodland Setting            ... read more...
National Child Measurement Programme - Somerset data   The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) was first established in 2005 and involv... read more...
Free Cooking Club Training in Mendip & Taunton!   Would you like to establish a cooking club? Would you like to refresh an existing club? ... read more...
Family Cooking Challenge 2013   What's for Tea?   The Somerset Health and Wellbeing in Learning Programme is inviting schools to take pa... read more...
DECIPHer-ASSIST reducing the uptake of smoking – last few places remaining   By the age of 15, more than one in seven young people are re... read more...
         Somerset Play Forum would like to invite you to: A Celebration of Play      &... read more...
Would your school welcome a fresh look at its provision of Relationships and Sex Education? In order to support schools during a time when accessing ... read more...
Time to Change is England's biggest ever attempt to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems. It is a campaign... read more...
Free Cooking Club Training! Would you like to establish a cooking club? Would you like to refresh an existing club with new ideas?   Som... read more...
e-Bug has teamed up with School Councils, UK to set a nationwide Hand Hygiene Challenge. Teaching hygiene can sometimes be a difficult but here’... read more...
Pressures on young people today can be enormous. Our Taunton & Somerset branch always welcomes the opportunity to come into schools to tell studen... read more...
The Director of Public Health Award is a new Health and Wellbeing Award for schools and educational settings in Somerset.   The Director of Pub... read more...
What we do... Somerset Play Forum works to support play provision across Somerset   We do this by... Representing the Play sector at m... read more...
Young Carers   Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, or is af... read more...
You are invited to hear about exciting new developments in the Integrated Therapy Service (ITS) at events across Somerset in September   Fact... read more...
UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING PEOPLE WHO SELF HARM Course for schools   Target Group This training is aimed at any body that works with childr... read more...
Forest School and Nature Nurture - Young Wood near Taunton Over the last two years a new community woodland initiative has been slowly pu... read more...
This newsletter will be published quarterly with themes that are relevant to that season in support of national and local priorities.   It is h... read more...
Somerset Health and Wellbeing in Learning Programme is working with Somerset Community Food to develop an exciting new programme of Cooking Club Train... read more...
Please see the attached appeal looking for volunteer mentors to work with children and young people in Somerset volunteers.pdf.... read more...
Schools may be interested in the following research findings:   "Cracking down on youngsters who smoke and trade cigarettes in school could be ... read more...
Zing Somerset is a new website designed to encourage and motivate Somerset residents to get and stay physically active. It not only allows p... read more...
IMPACT provides a range of simple, adaptable and effective relaxation techniques to reduce stress and improve students’ wellbeing. The programme... read more...
"Drugs & Stuff" is a new drugs and alcohol education teaching resource for schools. This comprehensive pack includes schemes of work, lesson plans... read more...