Together for Children works with Sunderland City Council and partner organisations to ensure that children’s services across Sunderland are delivered by a suitably qualified and experienced workforce and deliver optimum value for money.
We provide a range of services for children and their families including:
- Early Help - early help services provide targeted support to children, young people and families at the earliest point of identified need
- Social Care - social care services provide support to children in need of help and protection
- Education - our services support schools in relation to curriculum development and school leadership as well as providing support and challenge for school improvement and effectiveness.
- Local Offer for SEND - we will ensure effective services are delivered for children with disabilities and their families and support for children with additional needs, visit Local Offer for more.
An Ofsted inspection of children’s services in Sunderland in 2015 identified a number of serious failings. As a result, children’s services were placed under “Direction” by the Department for Education. Sunderland City Council and the Department for Education then reached agreement to consider an alternative service model. The development of Together for Children began following that decision.
Where we are now
Children’s Services in Sunderland remain under “Direction” and progress of Together for Children and our partners continues to be externally monitored and evaluated against the recommendations made by Ofsted.
Since the journey began in 2015, we have improved our productivity levels, the timeliness of our responses, strengthened our performance management arrangements and improved the quality of our practice.
Self-assessment and external scrutiny, including four monitoring visits completed by Ofsted have demonstrated steady progress that has been made to date.