A direction issued by DfE to Sunderland city council due to its inadequate performance in children's social care services.
This direction confirms that a commissioner will be appointed to oversee the council’s improvements.
It follows an Ofsted report, published 20 July 2015, which found the council’s children’s social care services to be ‘inadequate’.
This direction has closed. A direction issued by DfE on 31 March 2017 replaces it.