We work in partnership with other agencies such as schools, Pupil Referral Units, Youth Offending Team, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Local Authority, Community Organisations, and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in order in order to identify, engage, support, safeguard and divert children, young people and vulnerable young adults away from patterns of behaviour that can lead to exclusion.

Key Partnerships

DOC is very proud to be the volunteer sector partner in delivering the Children & Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) Programme in collaboration with East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) CAMHS, and London Borough of Tower Hamlet’s Youth Justice & Family Intervention Service (LBTH), since 2012. This partnership continues to grow in strength from year to year. Feedback from a senior partner:

‘CYP IAPT consortium has in my view, been a great example of how collaboration between three very different organisations can work together to drive change and respond to the needs of vulnerable young people, who are on the edge of mainstream services’.

DOC has been working in partnership with Poplar HARCA (RSL) and in particular their innovative Spotlight Youth Centre for the last few years. Both organisations have been working together to support young people in accessing Spotlight activities and supporting them around their emotional health and wellbeing, as well as enabling them to access employment and training opportunities. DOC is very grateful to Spotlight for providing us with rooms throughout the week for our counselling and therapy sessions. As highlighted by a Youth Work Manager, our services are seen as ‘a fantastic additional specialist support service for young people and the team’

Since January 2017, in partnership with Step Forward we started delivering the exciting new Young People’s Mental Health Service: Stepping Stones. This is a wonderful opportunity for two like-minded, long standing Tower Hamlets grass root community organisations coming together to meet the needs and support young people around their emotional well-being and mental health difficulties.


The Community Animateur Programme is an Erasmus+ KA3 ‘Support for Policy Reform’ action coordinated by Arcola Research, UK, gathering 9 European partners from the UK, Italy, Spain, Greece and Belgium over two years (2017-2019). The consortium has committed to developing an ‘inclusive learning ecosystem’ around marginalised and vulnerable young people through the creation of the “Community Animateur” programme. The Community Animateur role will be to bridge the existing gap between young people on the margin and youth communities and institutions by acting as a “Social Mediator”.

 Partners/Consortium: Arcola Research – UK / COORDINATOR; Docklands Outreach - UK, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR) – Spain; Comune di Perugia – Italy; Ke.th.E.A. – Greece; Borgorete – Italy; LLLP – Belgium;– UK; Mind2Innovate – Greece; Documenta – Spain