Tower Hamlets launches strategy for helping children and young people with special needs

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  • Independence opportunity and partnership at the heart of the new strategy.
  • Commitment to work placements internships and housing support.
  • SEND charter launched.

A new partnership strategy to meet the needs of the nearly 8,000 children and young people in Tower Hamlets with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has been launched across three events in the borough.

The SEND Strategy for 2018-2023 pledges to increase supported work experience and internships for young people with SEND. It also promises more supported housing in the borough and a new SEND Charter, a quality mark for schools services and businesses.

The strategy will help the council and health partners  - health partners Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Barts Health and East London foundation Trust (ELFT) - ensure the £50 million annual SEND budget is invested fairly and that leaders can be held to account.

Over 150 parents, young people and professionals attended the three launch events to hear about the great work that is already going on and about plans to get even better services.

The event at Children’s House Nursery focused on different services that contribute to early identification of developmental delay or needs in babies and younger children.

At Bow School, students with special needs talked about how partnerships between schools and other employers help to extend their education and offer more opportunities.

The Ocean View Café event was focused on transition to adulthood with some moving presentations by parents and young people about their experiences including on the important role of voluntary agencies such as the Tower Project. Refreshments were provided by students who are being supported by the Tower Project to move into paid employment.

Mayor John Biggs said: “This strategy will support young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Tower Hamlets. It was produced in partnership with both users and professionals who deliver these services.

By offering work placements, internships and housing support, we will ensure the council along with our partners are providing opportunities and promoting independence.’’

Cllr Danny Hassell, Cabinet Member for Children. Schools and Young People said: “I’m pleased to support the launch of this new strategy. This will guide our work to ensure both better identification of children with special needs and support for their families.  This strategy shows that we are ambitious for all of our children and young people and want to help them to live fulfilling lives”.

Posted on Tuesday 16th October 2018