Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets has some of the highest rates of child poverty in the UK which has driven the development of a strong foundation of community-developed research, in particular through the Communities Driving Change programme and transformative community health models developed by the Bromley-by-Bow Centre.

Tower Hamlets Council has demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment for ActEarly and offers an existing platform of linked routine data through the Whole Systems Data Integration programme.

Tower Hamlets is one of the 20% most deprived districts/unitary authorities in England
About 30.3% (16,475) children live in low income families
Life expectancy for both men and women is similar to the England average
In Year 6, 25.3% (778) of children are classified as obese
The rate for alcohol-specific hospital admissions among those under 18 is 22% better than the average for England
The rate for alcohol-related harm hospital admissions is 493% better than the average for England
Levels of GCSE attainment (average attainment 8 score)
The rate for self-harm hospital admissions is 65% better than the average for England
This report documents the relevant context in Bradford and Tower Hamlets, drawing on a range of indicators to build a picture of the two areas in terms of child and family health outcomes, socioeconomic indicators, and inequalities in both

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Located north of the River Thames, Tower Hamlets includes Spitalfields, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Wapping, Shadwell, Mile End, Stepney, Limehouse, Old Ford, Bow, Bromley, Poplar, and the Isle of Dogs .

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Bradford is the fifth largest city in the UK and has some of the highest levels of poverty and ill-health. It is ethnically diverse, with a large South Asian community and a rising prevalence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.