The London Borough of Tower Hamlets carried out a review last year of how well children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported in the borough.

The review told us that our schools are doing a good job with our children with SEND, but there were many things that could be organised and arranged better, including improved information for parents / carers, effective statutory assessment processes and stronger leadership for SEND services.

As a result, the Council and the NHS (Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group) plan to produce a new strategy.

We organised meetings with key people (parents, carers, children, young people and professionals) about what really matters to them and the challenges for the next five years.

During May and June 2017 we spoke with over 630 people, including 75 children / young people with SEND and about 120 parents / carers. We asked about the future for children and young people under theme areas

  • Leadership and accountability

  • Pathways with clear information

  • Timely identification and assessment

  • Involvement

  • Transitions

  • Finance and communication

A summary report has now been produced with details as well as highlighting what will happen next. Further updates will be posted on the Local Offer.

2017 SEND Strategy Early Engagement Summary