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Family support

Croydon offers a wide range of different services and advice to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.

We have also provided details of regional and national services, which you can find using the Local Offer directory.

SEND Parent and carers support groups

Parent support groups work with parents, carers and young people to offer advice, support and guidance on caring for a child or young person with disabilities.

They are a great way to meet like-minded people in your local area and to recognise that you are not alone in facing the challenges of your parenting & caring responsibilities. Parents in Partnership parent forum aims to enable and empower you to feel able to engage in local consultations and make representations at our parent forum meetings with professionals. We provide training and support and offer financial payment for attending meetings on the forums behalf. Services are available free of charge to parents of children and young people with a special need or disability living in Croydon.

Family link workers support families on an individual basis, providing information and coordinating services when families feel stuck. They will also provide emotional support, make referrals and liaise with services on the family's behalf.

You can find more information on the PIP Croydon website (external link).

KIDS Croydon SENDIASS provides:

  • Impartial and confidential advice and information for your child's special education needs or disabilities around education, health and social care.
  • Information and signposting to support services in your area.
  • Support with preparing for adulthood.
  • Impartial independent mediation and disagreement service, resolution service.

You can find more information on the Croydon SENDIASS website (external link).

Carers support centre

The centres provide a drop-in information and advice service to all carers on a range of topics, including special needs. They also provide office space for other organisations that support carers and people with disabilities. Their Carers Information Service provides free factsheets, training courses and more.

You can find more information on the Croydon Carers Centre website (external link).

In addition to our directory, SENDirect has worked in partnership with other organisations to bring together a directory of information and services that may help to support you and your family.

You can find more information on the SENDIRECT website (external link).

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