London Borough of Croydon

Croydon SENDIASS – Special Education Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service

SENDIASS is a free, confidential and impartial service for parents and carers, children and young people with EHC plans or in the process or requesting or being assessed for a plan.

Schools may find it useful to signpost parents to the service especially when they are seeking more information or help to navigate the process or when parents disagree with advice and views of school.

The type and range of support SENDIASS offers is detailed on their website.

Getting in touch

Carers Support Service
24 George Street

Phone: 0208 663 5630 / 5631


Parents in Partnership (PiP)

PiP is a local charity offering support to parents of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities.

PiP provides a range of support to empower parents to take control and respond to challenges they might face. They offer support to reduce sense of isolation which families with children with SEND can face.

As well as organising training and events for parents and carers, PiP are willing to visit schools, offering advice on the best ways to engage with and support families. They can also deliver onsite training for staff or parent/carers.

Parent Carer Forum (PCF)

PiP also lead the local PCF. This is a group of parent carers with children and young people with SEND. The PCF is tasked with representing parental perspectives and experiences of families and work collaboratively with Local Authority and Health Services to review and shape policy and practice so that the quality of life, outcomes and experiences of families and their children can improve.

Getting in touch

Parents in Partnership
Carers Support Centre
24 George Street

Phone: 0208 663 5626



Parent Carer Forum

For more information contact: 

Croydon Dyslexia Association (CDA)

The CDA is a local charity offering support and information to children and adults who are either directly affected by dyslexia or are close to someone who is affected by dyslexia.
The CDA also seeks to raise public awareness of Dyslexia.

Support from CDA includes:


Signposting families and practitioners to local and national services for children and young people with dyslexia and their families.
Phone: 0333 11 00 66 (evenings and weekends until 9pm)

Screening for dyslexia

Screening for children aged 6 years plus to show probability of dyslexia, not an assessment to diagnose dyslexia.
For more information contact the Helpline.

Children will Shine

Saturday morning workshops led by specialist staff to provide additional literacy support for primary and secondary aged children. Work covers includes study skills, reading and comprehension, homework support, typing and tailored programmes to suit individual needs and interests.
The sessions are held at Christ Church, Brighton Road, Croydon. There is a subsidised charge.
For more information call the Helpline or email:

Programme of meetings and workshops

Ongoing programme of meetings with key speakers covering a range of topic linked to dyslexia and other Specific learning difficulties for both families and school practitioners.
The meetings take place at the United Reformed Church Addiscombe Grove, East Croydon,

CR0 5LP, from 7.30 – 9.30.

There is no charge for CDA members, £5 for non-members.

Details of all meetings on the CDA website.

The CDA website also has links to other useful information and support for children with dyslexia.

Getting in touch


Phone: 0333 111 00 66 (evenings and weekends until 9pm)


Young Carers Service

The Young Carers service offers extra help and support for children and young people aged 7 to 25 who care for someone with a physical disability, mental health issue, ling term illness or learning difficulty.

The service offers a wide range of activities including:

  • Trips and activities during holidays
  • Emotional support and counselling
  • Educational support, including weekly homework club

Schools can directly refer pupils and students to this service.

Information about making referrals can be accessed from the Young Carers Service website

More information about the service can be found in leaflet below


Getting in touch

Young Carers Service,
Carers Support Centre,
24 George Street, Croydon,
 CR0 1
Phone: 020 8649 9339 (option 2)

Croydon National Autistic Society

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