Council’s SEND consultation coming to a close – but when?

There is just a week left to take part in the latest Croydon Council consultation.

Or it might be that there’s just one day left to take part in the council’s under-publicised consultation over its services for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – SEND – and post-16 travel assistance.

Because in classic Croydon Council style, the end date on the consultation, as published on the council website, is different on different pages.

The consultation, which opened before Christmas (nothing like putting important stuff out there for public input when you know that the public might be busy with other stuff), is listed on the introduction page as ending on January 31, but if you click through to take part in the consultation questionnaire, it says it closes tomorrow, January 25.

The consultation is open for anyone to participate in, as the council seeks to get some support for its strategies in an area of education and social care which is often badly overlooked. The distinct possibility that the council is seeking ways to reduce how much it spends in this area cannot be excluded.

In typical Croydon councilspeak style, they say, “The proposed strategy is a response to the extensive changes to the statutory assessment and 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.”

The details of the strategies, including easy read versions, and the links to the surveys can be found by clicking here.

The council says it will report back on the consultation results at the end of March. Though who knows whether they have got the date right on that, too.

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