Water safety lessons for Sunderland schools

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is visiting primary schools across the city as part of Sunderland's annual water safety campaign.

This involves the RNLI's community engagement team going into schools to deliver potentially life-saving messages to children aged from five to eleven.

More than 150,000 children have taken part in the sessions since they first started in 1994.

Among other things, they are taught:

Together for Children to deliver children's services in Sunderland

The continued improvement of Sunderland Children's Services took a major step forward with the launch of a new company to deliver children's services on behalf of the City Council.

Together for Children has been set up by Sunderland City Council to build on the improvements it has made since an Ofsted inspection report in July 2015 found services to be inadequate.

The company will provide integrated children's services covering education, children's social care and early help to the city's 57,630 children and young people and their families.

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