Keeping families together
Kate’s* grandson Ben* was four when he came to live with her. Her daughter had a chaotic lifestyle and concerns had been raised about Ben’s wellbeing – he was neglected, had poor school attendance and there was violence at home.
Kate and her husband stepped in as kinship foster carers. This was originally intended as a short-term arrangement to keep Ben safe and cared for until his mother’s situation improved. But after a long investigation, a court decided that Ben should not return to his mother.
“Ben could have gone into foster care or be put up for adoption,” recalled Kate. “We couldn’t bear the thought of losing him so we started the process of becoming Special Guardians.”
Special Guardianship means that a child lives with carers who have parental responsibility for them until they are grown up. A Special Guardian is often a grandparent or close relative but can also be a family friend or foster carer.
Norfolk County Council wants children to be looked after within their families, wherever this is safe and in their best interests. The number of Special Guardianships has increased in the county so children who may otherwise have been taken into local authority care benefit from staying with their extended family.
Although the court case and its aftermath were traumatic, Kate believes they made the right decision. “We had to put Ben first. Things are now heading in the right direction – he’s settled down and is making progress at school which is great for his confidence.”
*Names have been changed to protect confidentiality.
Support for Special Guardians
Support groups run in Norwich and King's Lynn, with more venues planned. For more information and advice, call 01603 224131.
If a child under 16 (or 18 if the child has a disability) lives with someone who is not a close relative for 28 days or more, Norfolk County Council has to make sure the child is safe and supported. You can let us know about a Private Fostering arrangement by calling 01603 224131 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping you to get out and about in our beautiful county
Summer is the perfect time to explore Norfolk. We’re continuing to invest tens of millions of pounds in the county’s roads, cycle paths, walking routes and public transport.
1) Making journeys safer and quicker
With the help of local funding, we’ve just completed a new roundabout at Felbrigg near Cromer. It’s one of three new roundabouts in north Norfolk, all helping to reduce congestion and cut journey times.
2) Transforming Norwich city centre
More pedestrianised areas, a new and award-winning multi-storey car park, swifter bus journeys and safer cycling routes – there are lots of changes in Norwich designed to help everyone get into the city and enjoy it when visiting.
3) Helping you to get cycling
Get a free copy of our pocket-sized Great Yarmouth cycle map from the tourist information centre on Marine Parade.
4) Keeping vital rural bus services running
We’re spending around £4 million on subsidising bus routes – mostly serving rural communities. We also fund community transport, including £150,000 on four new minibuses for the Flexibus service in and around Wymondham, Wayland and Harling.
5) Enjoy the countryside on foot
We’ve made improvements to Peddars Way, making it easier to explore the beautiful Breckland countryside.
6) Repairing our roads
Maintaining and repairing Norfolk’s 6,000 miles of roads is a continuous task. The council has received extra funding from the Government to rebuild roads in the Fens affected by subsidence and has a further bid in for funds to repair damaged roads in west Norfolk.
We’re committed to continuing to find ways to improve transport routes around Norfolk. This can be anything from large-scale funding bids, such as our current plans for a third river crossing in Great Yarmouth, through to working with parish councils on local road schemes. We know that even the smallest investment can make a huge difference to people and will keep you updated on improvements in Your Norfolk.
Roads and transport
Road safety - be a safe rider
Whether you’re a new rider wanting to build confidence or an experienced biker looking to sharpen your skills, Norfolk County Council offers a range of road safety training specifically for motorcyclists.
We work with Norfolk Constabulary on the Safe Rider course which includes an assessment of your riding and a demonstration ride by a police motorcyclist. Courses run until October.
Mark Yates, 62, from Watton has been a motorcyclist since he was 16. He found out about Safe Rider at a local bike show. “I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some constructive advice on my riding. As well as improving my skills, I had a chance to find out whether I’d picked up any bad habits over time. The course was very informative, fun and great value.”
If you prefer one-to-one tuition, Hugger’s Challenge is a good option. This course is ideal if you’ve recently passed your test and want to progress to the next level.
To book a course, tel. 01603 638115 or email email@example.com
Gift vouchers are also available.
Find out more
Norfolk County Councillors 2017 to 2021
How the council works
Norfolk County Council has 84 elected Members each representing an electoral division.
Every four years the people of each division elect one councillor to be a member of the County Council.
The political makeup of the County Council is:
Liberal Democrat 11
Find all the latest information and see the councillors representing you on Norfolk County Council for the next four years here
What’s my division?
Find out which division you are in here
Click on ‘county councillors by area’. Put in your postcode and it will tell you who your councillor is. Alternatively, call 0344 800 8020.
Introducing Norfolk’s Police and Crime Plan
Lorne Green has published his first Police and Crime Plan as Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
The Plan, which sets seven core priorities for Norfolk, outlines the PCC’s vision for tackling and preventing crime, protecting the most vulnerable and supporting victims.
“During my election campaign, I pledged to be the PCC for every man, woman and child in Norfolk and give everyone a voice in how our county is policed. I started to do this through an eight-week countywide consultation on crime and policing priorities last summer, the responses to which I have drawn upon to help set the priorities in Norfolk’s Police and Crime Plan.”
Why do we need a Police and Crime Plan?
As your PCC, Lorne is required by law to issue a Police and Crime Plan setting out strategic objectives for reducing crime and disorder and supporting victims during his four-year term. The PCC must do this in consultation with the Chief Constable and the people of Norfolk.
The objectives within the Plan provide the foundation upon which Lorne will work with communities, police and other community safety and criminal justice partners to keep Norfolk a safe place for all who live and work here.
“Due to the work and commitment of Norfolk Constabulary and other partners, we are fortunate to live in one of the safest places in the country. But as I travelled the length and breadth of Norfolk hearing from people about their concerns and the issues they face, it made me more determined than ever to lead the fight against crime, to give our police force the resources it needs to invest in frontline policing, to ensure it has the capacity to tackle domestic abuse, sexual offences and cyber-related crime, and to support and protect victims of crime helping them recover from their experiences.”
What’s in Norfolk’s Plan?
Alongside his own pledge to be visible, accessible and accountable to the people of Norfolk, the PCC has set the following priorities:
- Increase visible policing
- Support rural communities
- Improve road safety
- Prevent offending
- Support victims and reduce vulnerability
- Deliver a modern, innovative service
- Good stewardship of taxpayers’ money.
“Tackling crime and disorder, protecting the vulnerable and supporting victims – these things can’t be achieved by any one individual or organisation in isolation. We all have a part to play and I intend this Police and Crime Plan to be the foundation upon which we – police, partners and communities – join forces to achieve our shared goals, making Norfolk a safer place for everyone.”
Pictured: Public meeting in Great Yarmouth
The PCC has set a number of local policing objectives for Norfolk Constabulary, and the Chief Constable has translated these into an operational policing plan against which Lorne will hold him to account.
The Chief Constable provides updates on progress against that policing plan at meetings of the Police Accountability Forum. Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings and hear those policing updates first-hand. These meetings also provide an opportunity for members of the public to ask their crime and policing questions of the Chief Constable and PCC.
For details visit the Norfolk PCC website.
Just as the PCC holds the Chief Constable to account, it is the members of the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel who are responsible for holding Lorne to account for his work as PCC.
Progress against the Police and Crime Plan is reported to the Panel – made up of councillors and independent members – through the PCC’s annual report (which will be published later this year), as well as through regular performance reports at public meetings.
You can find out more about the work of the Police and Crime Panel on the Norfolk County Council website
Want to know more?
You can download the Police and Crime Plan, or a summary version, from the Norfolk PCC website.
If you’d prefer a hard copy or an alternative format, please get in touch
Telephone: 01953 424455 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk