This direction requires the council to:
- engage with Together for Children Sunderland and other partners to improve services
- cooperate with the Secretary of State and DfE’s advisers and officials
- an Ofsted report, published on 20 July 2015, which judged the council’s children’s social care services to be inadequate
- a subsequent process of improvement, including development of Together for Children Sunderland
The direction replaces an earlier statutory direction issued to the council on 20 July 2015.