Sunderland celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

Mothers from across the region got together in Sunderland on Friday 4th August to help celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.

Mams from Sunderland 'Bosom Buddies' invited other breast-feeding mams from the across the region to join them at Seaburn beach to take part in the 'World’s Big Latch On'.

​They were asked to come along with their families to support the international public awareness raising event, and join other mothers across the world to simultaneously begin breastfeeding at exactly 10.30am in their respective times zones around the globe.

Together for Children making ‘sustained progress’ says Ofsted

Ofsted has noted 'sustained progress' is being made by Together for Children, since the company took over the management of children’s services in April this year.

In Ofsted’s first monitoring visit to the new company, and the fourth monitoring visit to Sunderland since services were judged to be inadequate in July 2015, the inspectors noted that they ‘continued to see progress in practice and performance since the last monitoring visit’.

Sunderland primary schools singled out for success

Sunderland primary schools have been praised for their educational achievements on a national stage by a leading education charity.

Steve Munby (pictured above), chief executive of Education Development Trust, a charity working to improve schools and school systems around the world, singled out the success of Sunderland schools while speaking at the organisation’s annual Inspiring Leadership conference in Birmingham.

Sunderland partnership shares adoption practices

A Sunderland partnership celebrated for paving the way to a better future for looked after children is now sharing its best practice at an international level.

The University of Sunderland and Together for Children have been collaborating on a range of work to ensure young people in the care system, awaiting a permanent home, are given the best possible support to deal with their diverse needs - work which has received praise nationally.

Southwick Primary takes a lead in mental health with pilot programme

A Sunderland school’s pioneering work to support the mental health needs of pupils and their parents has taken another step forward this Mental Health Awareness Week (May 8th to 14th) with the launch of a pilot scheme to support families with children who are about to start their first year of primary school.

Southwick Community Primary School, which won a prestigious national Wellbeing in Schools Award for its work in mental health in 2016, is the first school to take part in the programme.

Family backs appeal for more foster carers

A Sunderland family are sharing their story to highlight the need for more foster carers in the city this Foster Care Fortnight (8th to 21st May).

Foster Care Fortnight is a national campaign that aims to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers to come forward across the UK.

Currently more than 400 children are in foster care in Sunderland with Together for Children, looked after by around 270 foster carers, but more families are needed to provide temporary homes for young people in the North East.

Minister visits Sunderland following launch of Together for Children

Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson, visited Sunderland today, meeting with staff from the new company responsible for children’s services in the city and Sunderland City councillors.

During his visit, Mr Timpson, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, met social workers from Together for Children, the organisation now delivering children’s services in Sunderland on behalf of the City Council, supported by the Department for Education.

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