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Out now - SEND Newsletter Issue 4

24 November 2020

The new issue of the SEND Newsletter is out now! The newsletter is packed with important information for you and your family.

Covered in this issue:

  • Preparation for Adulthood survey - it's not too late to have your say!
  • Council for Disabled Children update
  • Online safety tips for your child
  • Children's Occupational Therapy
  • Parents in Partnership transition workshops
  • Bereavement support

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Preparation for Adulthood: Have your say!

Do you or someone you know have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)? Do you want to have your say on how young people can be supported as they prepare for adulthood in Croydon? 

If so, we would like you to get involved with the development of our Preparation for Adulthood Multi-Disciplinary Protocol by completing our feedback survey.

Please take part and complete our survey to help us shape its content.

This survey closes on 27 November 2020.

Take the survey

Help design the new children's care unit at Croydon University Hospital

A new children's care unit is being planned for Croydon University Hospital. It's really important that this is a comfortable, welcoming place for children, young people and their families. 

This autumn, we will be hosting a number of virtual involvement sessions. We want to hear from the people who use our services.

We'd like to hear from:

  • Young people between the ages of 13 and 17 who have been a patient in hospital in the last 12 months (and their parents)
  • Children aged 4 to 12 who have been a patient in hospital in the last 12 months (and their parents)
  • Parents of children under 4 who have been a patient in hospital in the last 12 months
  • Children of any age with a disability who have been a patient in hospital in the last 12 months (and their parents)
  • Young people who identify as LGBTQIA+
  • Young carers

Register your interest in taking part

Supporting children in mainstream schools

Schools in Croydon across 4 local areas have been given funding to provide earlier and better targeted help to SEND children and young people. This funding helps special needs staff to to quickly get the necessary support for students who are beginning to demonstrate that they have additional needs that can’t be met through the school's existing SEND resources.

Find out more

Marathon March - Congratulations to the team!

15 October 2020

The Youth Disability Service team at the Selsdon Park football grounds

On Saturday 10 October, five staff and one young person from Croydon's Youth Disability Project took part in the Marathon March for the Palace For Life Foundation. Their efforts have raised over £1700 raised - huge congratulations to the team!

The team walked 26.2 miles, starting and finishing at Selhurst Park. Paul Funnell, The Disability Youth Service Lead manager, said:

"It's safe to say we're all feeling very sore and achy today.  Still we all enjoyed it, well most it!  The hills this year were a killer, especially  the ones at the end through Shirley woods, they nearly broke some of the team- 'I'm calling an Uber' came some of the calls from the lads.  Nevertheless the Youth Disability Team all finished the march in a quicker time than previous years and are proud of their achievements. We are delighted to have doubled our initial sponsorship target of £850 for the Palace For Life Foundation and Paul even managed to get a Brighton fan to sponsor us a tenner for our efforts. Can't get any sweeter than that!"

It's not too late to donate to the team to thank them for their hard work and help this great cause! Donate now via JustGiving

Post-16 Prospectus published

1 October 2020

Young Croydon produces a Prospectus for Year 11 students, which gives information and advice about the options available for young people aged 16 and over. Not only does the Prospectus detail course and training information, it also provides tips and useful information for you when making your next step. 

The new Prospectus is now available for download from Young Croydon.

Find out more and download the Prospectus

WellChild - Have your say and a chance to win a £50 voucher

21 September 2020

Take the WellChild survey and enter a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher

WellChild is the national charity for children and young people with complex needs and their families. It exists to give this growing population of children and young people the best possible chance to thrive – properly supported at home, together with their families.

We know that families need help on how to get the support they need - like welfare support, housing and access to education. During the recent pandemic, the need for this support has become more important than ever.

We would like to find out from you what you know about available help for non-health support services. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and have your say. 

As a thank you for taking part, you can enter a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

Take the survey

Time to Talk - supporting young people with SEND to plan for the future

17 September 2020

Time to Talk is an exciting new programme for young people with Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) developed by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

This is an opportunity for 50 young people in England to:

  • develop their aspirations, motivation, and plans for the future
  • feel heard and valued
  • strengthen their emotional wellbeing and resilience
  • be well equipped to manage transitions.

Funding for the project is for 6 months. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, it will happen online.

This project is for 16 to 25-year-olds with additional needs who are isolated and may not be not engaged in education or training. Sessions will be tailored to each young person. If you are a parent or carer for a young person with SEND, you will be given information and links to local networks. Students who are anxious or uncertain about their future plans can be helped by their education providers through this programme too.

How to request support from Time to Talk

The first deadline for submitting a Request for Support form is Monday 21 September 2020, 10am. Time to Talk will run from September 2020 to February 2021. There will be further deadlines for new requests, so keep checking the Time to Talk website

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Visit this page for resources, advice and information to support you during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Croydon is GOOD!


Children's service has announced the new Ofsted results for Croydon. We are delighted to share that we were rated GOOD. And this is just the beginning! Watch this video to hear what children and young people have to say about this transformation.

Children, Young People and Families Plan Consultation

UPDATE 5 March 2020

The consultation is now closed for responses. The report resulting from this consultation is expected by 31 May 2021.

23 January 2020

We've been working with children and young people across the borough to understand more about the challenges they face – and how we can tackle them together.

  • Are you a child or young person in Croydon?
  • Do you work with children and young people?
  • Are you interested in making sure that children and young people achieve the best outcomes?
  • Do you have ideas about how we could work better in partnership?

We want to hear from you – help us shape our plan.

Get involved and take part in the public consultation today.

The consultation closes Wednesday 4 March 2020.

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