Consultation opens about the new Tower Hamlets SEND Strategy.


About 8,000 children and young people with SEND, along with their families, rely on support from schools, the council, the NHS and voluntary organisations. The draft strategy has been written by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group. We have done this by looking at local statistics and earlier this year talking to hundreds of people, including children and young people with SEND and their parents/carers.

We spend around £50 million a year in Tower Hamlets across these various agencies and services for children and young people with SEND. We have been told that we can improve how we coordinate these. The strategy sets out plans to organise both services and budgets so that children and young people with SEND do even better in the future. We now want to give local residents, parents / carers and their children, together with those working with children with SEND, a chance to look at and respond to our proposals for the next five years.

The draft strategy sets out a vision for us all, which would be supported by a new SEND Charter: where organisations show their commitment to the vision and aims of the strategy.

The draft strategy sets out five priority areas and the new partnership groups which will ensure that the strategy is put into action. The five priorities are:

  1. Leading SEND
  2. Timely identification and assessment
  3. Better outcomes and pathways
  4. Clear information and involvement
  5. Moving on

Please read the draft SEND Strategy and the summary version. We want to know your views about whether the strategy deals with the challenges in Tower Hamlets. Will the priorities result in children and young people being supported to learn better and to thrive and achieve?

The consultation survey closed on 27 November 2017.