Overview of the home

Tunstall is a large detached family home located near to the city centre of Sunderland. Registered with Ofsted (SC2682299).

Welcome from the Registered Manager

Rae Markham

Rae joined the North East Autism Society In September 2019 as a Residential Child Care Officer. Then, In April 2021 she became a Senior Support Worker within adult’s residential care. In March 2022 she returned to children’s residential as an Assistant Manager. She took the role of Manager at Tunstall in August 2023. Rae trained as a PPS Instructor in November 2019 and became a Principal Instructor in October 2022.


  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare
  • Combined Degree in Psychology with Childhood Studies
  • Principle Positive and Proactive Support Instructor
  • NVQ Level 3 – Residential Childcare
  • NVQ Level 4 -Children, young people, and family practitioner.
  • Working towards: Level 5 NVQ in Children Young People and Families Manager
What out young people say...

I like being at Wallingford because it makes me feel safe.

What our parents say...

Communication from Tunstall is fantastic and between school and the home too. I have seen Bradley with his staff, and it is such a loving, natural, and fun relationship. They staff do a fantastic job!

What social workers say...

Logan is an extremely complex young man who has experienced childhood trauma and has had a very unsettled year previous to taking his placement in Tunstall. We were very worried about further changes for Logan, but he settled into his new home very quickly. Logan is very happy and content he is well supported, and this is a successful placement.

Statement of Purpose

A Statement of Purpose provides an overview of Tunstall. It is our statutory duty to produce this document under the Care Standards Act 2000 and Children’s Homes Regulations 2015, but we hope it will also provide you with some useful information about what we do.

Statement of Purpose