This section focuses on the needs of vulnerable children and young people in Merton, including in relation to disabled children and children with SEN; children with mental health needs; safeguarding; looked after children; young carers; and youth offending.

The Merton Children and Young People Plan 2013-16 sets out the Children’s Trust Board’s commitments to improving outcomes, life chances and choices for children and young people, including narrowing the gap in outcomes between groups of children. The Children’s Trust Board provides a focus for integrated planning and delivery of children’s services, particularly focusing on key groups of children vulnerable to poor health outcomes.