Our network of support includes access to psychologists, nursing, schools and a specialist Project for Looked After Children's Education (PLACE) team, which provides individual support in learning, education and behaviour.
We also work closely with colleagues and agencies inside and outside of South Tyneside to support Looked After Children.
Our Ofsted rating - Good
South Tyneside Council's Children's Services were recently ranked as one of the best in the country after being rated "good" for the services we provide to children, young people and families.
Children become looked after when they need to be so. Outcomes relating to children's health and education are good.
Effective matching is supporting placement stability well and this is good. Independent reviewing officers (IROs) offer effective oversight, review and challenge of children's cases, and this is leading to timely permanence.
Foster carers are well trained and supported to meet children's needs, although not all carers are provided with timely delegated authority to make day-to-day decisions for the children they care for. The local authority has recently taken action to improve oversight of this service, and this includes improving the timeliness of foster carer reviews.