Update 22.05.2020

Educational Psychology Community Call Back Service


We are pleased to share that we have just been informed of a new service, by Nicholas English, Principal Educational Psychologist, that may be very helpful for parent/carers at the moment:

"Following feedback from headteachers, school staff and parents we are providing an Educational Psychology Community Call Back Service. We recognise the unprecedented circumstances that the COVID-19 outbreak has presented to our schools, children and their families and would welcome calls on any concerns or themes that have emerged during the pandemic period.


The Cognus Educational Psychology Service Community Callback is open to all parents and carers who live in Sutton and school staff who work in Sutton. We hope to be able to offer you a safe and reflective space in which you can share any questions you have or anxieties you may be experiencing during this time.


Calls are available on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the school and setting closure period with some evening slots available.


Here is the link to the form to book a slot "Educational Psychology Service - Phone discussions for parents & school staff":


We hope you find this useful and would welcome any feedback from your experience of using our Call Back Service."





Recent OFSTED/CQC inspection outcome

Joint area SEND revisit in Sutton 
Between 2 and 4 March 2020, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) revisited the area of Sutton to decide whether sufficient progress has been made in addressing each of the significant weaknesses detailed in the written statement of action issued on 23 March 2018. This letter outlines the findings from the revisit




12.5.2020 Changes (temporary) to the SEND law re Education, Health and Care Plans


The Department for Education have issued guidance for parent carers, young people and parent carer forums to explain the key changes that are allowed on a temporary basis due to Covid 19.  You can download the Powerpoint presentation here or as a PDF document here


22.5.2020 Direct Payments Update


We asked Luke Addams, Assistant Director of Social Care, if families can use their Direct Payments more flexibly in the current emergency situation.  Luke has agreed and we have  worked with Social Care and Liam Roberts from Commissioning on some guidelines in the form of Frequently asked Questions to explain what they can be used for during this period; these have now been updated to include weekly spending guidelines



We have updated this site with a new page for updates from the local area regarding the Corona Virus.



Familes with vulnerable children and young people should be contacted by their education setting to discuss whether you would like them to continue to attend during this time. More details are in the Education Bulletin which is here



Who are the Steering Group?

We are all parent/carers of children and young people with disabilities.  We are passionate about, and committed to, improving services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Sutton.

We are run by parents of disabled children for parents of disabled children who live in the London Borough of Sutton. If that describes you, then you don’t have to join, you already belong.


Why a “Forum”?

The dictionary definition of the word “Forum” is “an open meeting place for discussion and the exchange of ideas”. The Sutton Parent Carer Forum is specifically for parents and carers with a disabled child or young person who live in the London Borough of Sutton; if that describes you, then you don't have to join as you already belong. The Sutton Parent Carer Forum was set up nearly 20 years ago and has been supporting, and providing, a recognised and valued voice for families ever since.


What are our aims?

The aim and role of the Forum is to influence services for families through parent and carer participation. We work across all areas of SEND to ensure that the thoughts and concerns of Sutton parents and carers are represented at every level of the Local Areas decision making.


How do we do it?

We do this by arranging events, focus groups and surgeries as well as by conducting surveys and meeting with parents and carers on individual issues. We feedback our findings and recomendations via local council and health sector decision making Boards. We meet with senior council and health sector managers, who value and need our input. They recognise that the feedback we provide helps services across education, social care and health respond in a meaningful way to the needs of families.


How can you help?

As much or as little as you want!

Most of all, we’d love your views, opinions and feedback, both good and bad, of your experiences of bringing up children and young people with SEND in the Sutton. This will help us to improve services for all our families and ensure that they are at the heart of the Council's planning and provision moving forwards.




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