SEND Strategy & Post 16 SEND Travel Policy consultation

Why are we doing this?

Croydon council is consulting on a draft strategy for improving outcomes and life chances for children and young people (0-25) with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Croydon.

At the same time, the council is also consulting on changes to its transport policy for young people aged 16-18 with special educational needs.  The council arranges travel support for some children and young people with special needs and/or disabilities to attend school or college. 

About the proposed Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Strategy 2019-2022 for Children & Young People in Croydon

The proposed strategy is a response to the extensive changes to the statutory assessment & planning arrangements for children and young people with SEND contained within the Children and Families Act 2014. We recognise the need to develop a SEND Strategy that sets out the ambitions that Croydon has for children and young people with SEND. The strategy lays out the strategic plan for achieving these goals, jointly with parents, students and other agencies.

About proposed changes to the post 16 travel assistance policy for young people with SEND in education or training

Travel assistance is arranged when students meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Home to School and Post 16 Travel Assistance policies.  Whilst part of this service is statutory (aged 5 to 16) some of the eligibility criteria employed in Croydon is discretionary.  There is no automatic entitlement to free home to school/college transport for students aged 16 to 18. However, the council is required to provide the support that it deems necessary to facilitate the attendance of young people of sixth form age who are in education or training.  

The proposals in this consultation apply to the discretionary criteria and the post 16 policy for those students aged 16 to 18 with SEND in education or training. The preferred option for the council is the proposed introduction of personal budgets to the majority of those students. 

What do we want to know?

We want to know if respondents agree or disagree with our proposals, whether they have alternative suggestions and how it may impact them. You can do this by completing the questionnaires below.

Before you do, we would advise reading the documents provided below. They are:

  • The DRAFT (SEND) Strategy 2019-2022 for Children & Young People in Croydon consultation pack. This contains the draft strategy & a consultation information document.
  • The DRAFT proposed changes to the post 16 travel assistance policy for young people with SEND in education or training consultation pack. This contains the draft policy and a consultation information document.

You will also find easy read versions of the consultation packs, including easy read versions of the questionnaire. Should you require them in a different format, please contact: or call 020 8604 7263

Please note: Some of the document packs are large. You may wish to consider downloading them using a stationary internet connection (such as WiFi) as opposed to downloading data from a mobile device.

In addition to the survey we will be holding consultation events in schools, a youth centre and via parents’ focus groups.  Details and invites will be posted on Get Involved and via the Local Offer.

The consultation period runs from 3 December 2018 until 31 January 2019.  Once the consultations have closed, we will review all of the responses and prepare a report for councillors on the results. The results of these consultation will help inform a decision by Council cabinet on the 25 March 2019.  A report will be published after this date which will detail the decisions made and the reasons for doing so.

What we found out
What difference has it made?
Location:  London Borough of Croydon
Start date03 December 2018
End date31 January 2019
Report availableDue 25 March 2019
Reference year2018
Methods Consultation Document, Groups- Focus Groups, Questionnaire - Online, Event - Stakeholders Event
Who can take part? Carers, Children and Young People, Parents, Young People, All - everyone invited to take part
Topic Area Education and learning, Health and social care, Public services



Proposed SEND Strategy 2019-2022 for Children & Young People- Questionnaire
Proposed SEND Post 16 Travel Assistance Policy- Questionnaire