Children and young people

Children and young people are those who are of compulsory school age and younger. We commission services for children and young people, sometimes on our own and sometimes in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council. This includes hospital services from Barts Health NHS Trust and community services from East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Recent projects for children and young people include:

  • A successful pilot project with Barts Health NHS Trust to improve outcomes and experiences of services for children and young people with complex health needs, many of whom often need to access many different specialist services. Over the next year, we plan to work with our partners to embed this approach in our day-to-day practice and ensure we provide tailored care for children with the most complex health needs.
  • Ongoing work to set up closer links between local GPs and consultants, in order to provide immediate expert clinical advice and ongoing education on how to deal with the most common childhood conditions. As a result, fewer children needed referral to hospital, and of those that were referred, many were able to attend a rapid access clinic instead of having to wait for an appointment. We now plan to expand this project to make it even easier and quicker for children to be assessed and treated by the right clinician locally.

Tower Hamlets Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing 2019/2020

The publication of the Local Transformation Plan is currently postponed beyond 31 October 2019 and should be published shortly. For any queries please feel free to contact:

  • Diana Viscusi
  • Transformation Manager | Children’s Integrated Commissioning
  • WEL CCGs |

What is a Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing?

The transformation plan 2019/20 describes the progress achieved so far in improving the provision of mental health services for children and young people and their outcomes. It also set out how we intend to transform our ‘whole system’ for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing and show we are transparent about our resources. ‘Whole system’ means all the relevant services working together, not just those whose only role is mental health.

This will be our fourth Children and Young People’s Mental Health Transformation Plan. Last year we renewed our vision for children and young people’s mental health in the borough. This year we are setting out the ambition to make services more accessible, to support as many children and young people as possible earlier in their lives, and to upskill adults to foster healthy emotional development to signpost young people to the right services when they need more support.  

Children and special educational needs and disability

Tower Hamlets CCG and Tower Hamlets council have launched a new five-year strategy for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Download the full strategy and a summary document.

Tower Hamlets Local Offer

Tower Hamlets Council has published a dedicated guide to services for parents or carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. It includes information about education, health and care provision. The local offer should make it easier to find out what you need to know, gives details about what is available and where to get further information.


For more information or to give feedback on any of the information on this page, please email us.