Birth to 19-years

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This consultation is now closed - thank you for your interest.


Introduction

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is committed to ensuring all children and young people succeed whilst providing the best services and value-for-money to our residents.


The service changes described in this consultation will create a ‘Birth to 19-years’ offer that involves the Early Help Service, the Youth Service, the Youth Justice Service, and the Integrated Early Years’ Service.


The two new services delivering the birth to 19-years offer will be:


  1. Youth Justice and Young Peoples’ Service: combining the Youth Service with the Youth Justice Service.
  2. Early Help

This consultation is now closed - thank you for your interest.


Introduction

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is committed to ensuring all children and young people succeed whilst providing the best services and value-for-money to our residents.


The service changes described in this consultation will create a ‘Birth to 19-years’ offer that involves the Early Help Service, the Youth Service, the Youth Justice Service, and the Integrated Early Years’ Service.


The two new services delivering the birth to 19-years offer will be:


  1. Youth Justice and Young Peoples’ Service: combining the Youth Service with the Youth Justice Service.
  2. Early Help and Children and Families Service: combining the Integrated Early Years’ Service with the Early Help Service.

Both services will fall under the Youth and Commissioning Division of the Children and Culture Directorate.


Proposals are in line with the Children Act (2004) the Childcare Act (2006 and 2016), SEND Code of Practice (2015), and the Tower Hamlets SEND Strategy 2019-2024.


The Youth Service proposed changes are in line with Section 507B, Education and Inspections Act (1996; currently under review) and the Care Act 2014.


The Youth Justice Service changes are in line with the Crime and Disorder Act (1998).


Why are we consulting?

We are consulting on the new birth to 19-years offer (up to 25 for young people with special educational needs and disabilities [SEND]).


Our aim is to provide services that support families to build resilience by providing advice, support and, where needed, early intervention.


The need to change the overall structure of these services is clearly driven by both resource pressures and the need to use the resources that remain in the most effective way possible. These pressures mean that the decision to make an overall reduction in the resources available to run the services has already been taken. These decisions were made by elected members at public meetings relating to council budgets. These financial decisions were the key reason for the changes described in this document.


Therefore, this consultation focuses on how the services in the new delivery model could aligned in the best way possible. We want to hear any views that might add to this effectiveness or suggest different ways of working that will further improve outcomes for our families, children and young people.


Our proposed changes are driven by a focus on the following issues:


  • An emphasis on local delivery;
  • Strengthening existing partnerships within these localities;
  • Making sure services (particularly for Youth Centres) align with what young people need; and,
  • A focus on early intervention and support.

Who do we want to hear from?

Anyone can respond to this consultation.


However, we would especially like to hear from individuals or groups who use the four services:


  1. Youth Service
  2. Early Help Service
  3. Integrated Early Years’ Service which includes the children and family centres
  4. Youth Justice Service

Including, but not limited to:


  • All parents and carers of children and young people - including those whose children have sensory impairments, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or who have an education, health and care plan (EHCP) health or social needs;
  • Professionals who work with children and young people - including those who work with children who have sensory impairment, SEND, an EHCP, health or social needs; and,
  • Children and young people - including those with sensory impairments, SEND, an EHCP, health or social needs; and those who are in, or leaving, foster care.