Best start in life for children and families

We have ambitious plans for South Tyneside and a relentless focus on delivering them - improving outcomes for children and families is at the heart of these plans as we strive to make South Tyneside an outstanding place to live, invest and bring up families.

Partnership working has always been a real strength in South Tyneside and the members of the South Tyneside Partnership all share our determination to drive long-term prosperity, whilst protecting the most vulnerable.

The investments made during the first five years spent 'shaping our future' are supported by real performance outcomes. We already have a track record of providing services that make a real difference, including:

  • An 'outstanding' adoption service
  • A 'good' fostering service
  • Ranked among the top performing authorities nationally for our proportion of good and outstanding schools:
    • 100% of young people attending a 'good' or better nursery or special school
    • 90% of young people attending a 'good' or better primary or secondary school
  • 80% of our Children's Centres judged 'good' or better

As a partnership, we have:

  • Achieved education results for Looked After Children which far exceed the national average
  • Placed a record number of children with adoptive families
  • Achieved a 99% immunisation rate of 5 year olds - the highest in the country
  • Reduced our under 18 conception rate, which at 2.9% is lower than the national average
  • Achieved national recognition for early education as one of just 12 best practice examples

Best Start in Life Strategy

The Children and Families Board has produced strategy document outlining how we will support our children and young people every year since 2007.  This has now been refreshed and relaunched as our Best Start in Life Strategy

The latest strategy focuses on three key priorities, which the Board views as being critical to the future prosperity and wellbeing of children and families:

  1. Safer and stronger families
  2. Enterprise Learning and Skills
  3. Healthier Communities

The strategy covers a three-year period, but will be subject to an annual refresh of its commissioning and delivery plan.

View the Best Start in Life Strategy586.78KB

Our Best start in life vision130.68KB is underpinned with priorities and obsessions that supplements our 3 year strategy.

We will build safer and stronger families through targeted early help and support, protecting children and young people at risk, and give our looked after children the best start in life.

We will improve enterprise learning and skills opportunities through continuing to provide high quality early years and educational settings, providing support for those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and working together to provide high quality training and employment opportunities.

We will support the development of healthier communities by protecting the health of our residents, promoting healthier lifestyles and reducing risk-taking behaviours.

We understand that the Council needs to work not just harder, but smarter, and therefore we absolutely have to have the right calibre of people at every level, to ensure the workforce meets its responsibilities. Our Corporate Director Children, Adults and Health, John Pearce, has helped shape our commitment and ambition for truly integrated working with partners to supporting the most vulnerable in our communities.

Members of our partnership team work closely with Councillor Joan Atkinson, our statutory Lead Member for Children Young People and Families, who has many years of experience supporting, challenging and championing services for children, young people and their families.

With a strong political, managerial and partnership infrastructure, we look forward to the next five years in South Tyneside, where every child has the best start in life.

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The best start in life

We're working to give the children of South Tyneside the best start in life.

Find out about our wide range of services for children and families. We want to build safer and stronger families, provide increased opportunities for enterprise learning and skills within healthier communities.

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