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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

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

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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

Issue 2 of the SEND Newsletter

Issue 2 of the SEND newsletter is now available!

In this issue:

  • Returning to school
  • Transition to new schools or adulthood
  • Mentoring support 
  • Coping with bereavement
  • Health Services update
  • Leisure and support over the summer holidays
  • KIDS SENDIAS updates
  • Croydon Music and Arts
  • Transport update
  • Sharing stories

Download the latest issue here

Coming soon: we are exploring the possibility of sending out an e-newsletter. If you would be interested, let us know! Email

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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