London Borough of Croydon

Important updates

What the Disability Youth Project has Achieved in 2016/2017?

To find out more about the work that the Croydon Disability Youth Project has done in 2016/2017 with young people in Croydon, please read their review that can be downloaded below.

World Autism Awareness Week at School

From 27 March to the 2nd April, there are loads of ways to get involved in 2017's World Autism Awareness Week. Teach your students about autism, fundraise for autistic people and spread the word with free resources including lesson plans and activities. To find out more and receive these resources go to:-

'Please offer me a seat' badge and card

The ‘Please offer me a seat’ badge and card were trialled to help customers who need a seat, but have difficulty getting one. The trial was a response to feedback from customers and research conducted last year, which found people with invisible impairments, conditions and injuries can often find it difficult to get a seat when they need one – particularly if their need is not obvious.

TFL are planning to launch the badge and card to all customers who need in Spring this year. They also know that many customers may not want to use the badge and card, and they will make sure they are supported too. Everyone who needs a seat should get one, and not everyone’s need for a seat is immediately obvious.

If you sign up to receive accessible travel updates by visiting, they will let you know when the new badge and card is live.

Preparation for Inspection of SEND

Currently Croydon is preparing for an upcoming inspection of SEND. Those involved include the local authority, health services and our local parent carer forum, Parents in Partnership (PIP). The inspection could take place any time over the next five years and the Council and the CCG will receive five working days’ notice. This is a joint inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted. The inspectors are looking to identify the local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND.  They will want to speak to parents and young people to hear their views on the support that they are receiving. This is a great opportunity for you and your child to have a say on the local support that is being provided in Croydon.


How can you get involved?

  • Through PIP, your local parent carer forum
  • Through your child’s nursery, school or college if it’s being visited by inspectors
  • By joining in a webinar
  • Ofsted and the CQC may write a letter advising on how families can get more involved. This may be circulated by publishing on the local offer and/or sent out via schools.

The local offer will be updated with news on how Croydon is preparing and advice on how you can get involved. The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has also created a leaflet on how families can have their views heard during the inspection. This can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. 

Croydon's Local Offer leaflets

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All our Local Offer leaflets are available for you to read; print and download, including our new Sensory Impairment and Speech, Language and Communication Needs Local Offer leaflets. Please follow this link for a full list and links to the leaflets.


View our short film around anti-bullying, filmed as part of the partnership work between the LDD project, Council for Disabled Children, Anti Bullying Alliance and Bensham Manor School.


Positive stories

How The Bridge's heroine became a role model for women with autism

Saga Noren from the Scandinavian TV crime drama The Bridge has become an unlikely hero. Widely diagnosed by viewers as being on the autistic spectrum, she is lauded not just because she is a leading character with the condition, but - more unusually - because she is a woman with it. To read more please visit

I Stand Quietly

I Stand Quietly is a poem written by a mother whose daughter has autism and severe sensory processing difficulties. In her own words: ‘This is just one story among thousands of different stories of autism’. Please feel free to read and share.

Adam Williams Story - You Can Achieve

Adam Williams is a 14 year old youngster from South Croydon living with Autism and as a result has had past struggles with controlling his anger and emotions. The Crystal Palace Foundation is constantly reaching out to vulnerable people of all ages that need a helping hand to find people of similar background. Importantly, these programmes are a way to give participants an enjoyable and happy experience, meet new people, learn new skills and play some football along the way. This project, fronted by Michael Harrington, Foundation Disability Officer, has given Adam a new lease of life and a big step into an accommodating community. 

If you know of anyone who shares a similar story to Adam, or are interested in being involved in one of our sessions, please get in touch with Michael Harrington at the Foundation:

If you, or anyone you know, has a positive story that you would like to share with us and other parents, please email this to


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