Children with Disabilities Team, East

Rosie Andrews – Social Worker

I am a social worker in the Children with Disabilities Team. I have been in the team since July 2017, I am nearing the end of my Assessed and Supported Year in Employment as I was newly qualified when I joined the team. I am in the East team for Children with disabilities, based in the Mendip Office but covering both Mendip and South Somerset.

Phone: 01749 822945
Mobile: 07977410483

Mendip District Council (1st Floor), Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5BT

Leaving Care Team

Lea Jones – Experienced Social Worker

Due to complexity of some Care Leavers’ needs, new social worker posts were created Leaving Care Service within Somerset Children Social Care in 2017.  I took up post in November 2017 and is an Experienced Social Worker with 25 years’ experience including in the statutory and voluntary sector, and in residential, children looked after and safeguarding settings

The core work of the LC SWs is with 18-21 year old care leavers with complex needs, including those who have been / are being sexually exploited, preparation for parenthood and provision of support for care leaver parents

This involves acting in an advisory capacity to the LC staff or direct working for a period of time alongside the Leaving Care Worker.  A major of focus is multi agency working to share assessment and management of risk.

Phone : 01935 463639
Mobile: 07919 540474

Children’s Social Care PO Box 5199, Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, BA20 9FJ

Assessment Team Sedgemoor

Sarah Cummins – Social Worker

I work directly with young people who are at risk of CSE or who are being sexually exploited. A common theme of CSE is that young people do not recognise that they are being exploited, and so my direct work helps young people to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and how to keep themselves safe. I also work alongside parents and professionals to help them understand CSE and the associated risks and to help them put measures in to place that reduce the risk to the young person. My role includes working alongside partnership agencies such as the Police, Health, Education and BASE to share information and create strategies that protect young people from harm. If necessary I represent the Local Authority in their statutory duty to protect children from harm when parents cannot fulfil this role.

Within my own organisation I support colleagues in the identification of CSE and help them to develop plans which aim to keep the young person safe. I support strategy discussions where there are concerns of numerous CSE victims and attend mapping meetings where we can identify vulnerable young people at risk as well as hot spots and perpetrators of CSE. I also deliver CSE training both for the continuing professional development of the Sedgemoor social work team and multiagency colleagues.

Phone: 01278 447999

Assessment Team Sedgemoor, Bridgwater House, Kings Square, Bridgwater, TA6 9GP

Targeted Youth Support

Wendy Jenner -Targeted Youth Support manager

I have over twenty years of experience working across children’s services including Youth Offending, Youth Service, Connexions, Education and Social Care. I am experienced in implementing policy into practice, project development and contract delivery and particularly interested in the development of supervision as a tool to manage, support and develop staff. I am responsible for the operational management of Targeted Youth Support (TYS) including Safeguarding. TYS has expertise in understanding, identifying, preventing and effectively reducing the significant risks experienced by vulnerable adolescents. The service works with specific vulnerable young people aged 13-19 (19+ for P2I) who are:

  • Experiencing drug and alcohol problems at Tier 2
  • Victims of Child Sexual Exploration (CSE)
  • Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless (Pathway to Independence)
  • Young carers
  • Young People who have been reported missing and found

I am also responsible for delivering contracted work for the Police and Crime Commissioner .This includes developing and delivering Healthy Relationship interventions to vulnerable young people including Tier 2 CSE interventions. The young people we work with are particularly vulnerable to CSE. I am experienced in managing risk and working with other agencies in multiagency forums.

Phone: 01458 440820

5/7 West End, Street, Somerset, BA16 0LG

Children’s Social Care

Sarah Slevin – Consultant Social Worker

As part of my role I support the identification of children and young people who are at risk of CSE, including the level or risk they are at and review this through a threshold meeting. I then provide consultation to the allocated worker on actions to take to reduce the risk to the child or young person, this can include strategy discussions, safety plans, direct work plans, or undertaking a visit to the child or young person. Additionally I deliver training on CSE across the social work teams, including direct work and working with parents and carers of children and young people at risk of CSE.

Phone: 01935 463584
Mobile: 07584 175224

Brympton Way, Yeovil, BA20 9FJ

Getset Services

Karina Gardiner – Early Help Officer

I manage a team of Family Support Workers within South Somerset who work at Level 3. I have been managing the team since June 2015.

I plan to roll out the delivery of the CSE training to Family Support Workers to enable them to support families 1:1 and groups. Furthermore, I plan to deliver CSE Working with Parents directly to families in partnership with Schools and other agencies. I also aim to be the ‘go to’ for advice and support for Family Support Workers concerned about children, young people and their families.

Phone: 01935 849528
Mobile: 07469 413422

Little Marsh Children’s Centre, Illustrious Crescent, Ilchester, BA22 8JX

Somerset-wide Integrated Sexual Health

Sarah Davies – Young People’s Outreach and Exploitation Nurse

I am the SWISH service’s outreach and exploitation nurse. This role was created to provide specialist contraception and sexual health support to vulnerable young people at high risk of unintended pregnancy and poor sexual health, who are not effectively accessing mainstream services. I am able to support other professionals working with vulnerable young people’s where they are not able to independently (or with appropriate support) access sexual health services.

Young people who may require the service are:

  • A young person working with Targeted Youth Support, The Youth Offending Team or Barnardo’s Against Sexual Exploitation project (BASE) and are sexually active.
  • A young person who is a victim of or where there is evidence they are at risk of child sexual exploitation.
  • A young person in care or in leaving care, who is sexually active and is unable or unwilling to access sexual health services.
  • Not in education, employment or training (NEET), sexually active and not accessing sexual health services.
  • Is known to children’s social care and is unable to access sexual health services independently or through family/carer support.
  • A young person known to P2I service and is sexually active and not accessing sexual health services.
  • A young person known to CAMHS who is sexually active and not accessing sexual health services.

Mobile: 07867620348

Millstream House, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AS

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Rich Painter – Head of Safeguarding

I have been the Head of Safeguarding for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Sompar) for the last three and a half years.  I have had to date a 25 year career of working in health and social care in various social work and safeguarding roles. Rich leads the Sompar integrated Safeguarding Service for Adults and Children. Rich is also an active member of the Somerset Safeguarding Children (SSCB) and Safeguarding Adults (SAB) Boards and a member of the SSCB Child Sexual Exploitation Exec Group  and CSE Sub-Group.

Working alongside the other Child Sexual Exploitation Champions from Sompar- Sarah Ashe- Safeguarding Children Lead, Sarah Davies –Somerset Wide Integrated Sexual Health Service (SWISH) and the Outreach Team Manager from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Rich thinks they have  the Sompar Services covered. The other Sompar champions have a specific role with their areas of services and I have a strategic lead role to ensure that all other Trusts services have an awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation, know how to respond appropriately to concerns and understand what is expected of them as health professionals to support patients and families who receive health care services from the Trust.

Mobile: 07825 522677

Somerset Partnership Safeguarding Service: 0300 323 0035

Bridgwater Police Centre, Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), Holly Court, Yeovil

Support Services for Education

Jane Weatherill – Education Safeguarding Advisor

The Early Years and Education Safeguarding Team sit in Support Services for Education and provide advice, information and guidance to Early Years and education settings on their safeguarding arrangements and practice. Our aim is to equip education staff with the knowledge and skills to protect children and young people from harm, support them to develop their potential and to create an environment where they feel safe to learn.

This service is for all educational organisations and their staff, including governing bodies.

As a CSE champion it is my aim to provide a clear education voice on the managing of CSE and support those education providers concerned about the risks of CSE for young people by providing guidance and advice.

Phone: 01823 355014

B2S County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY