Category Archives: Children’s Services

Call for resignations over ‘devastation’ to SEND children

EXCLUSIVE: One of Sutton’s senior councillors is under pressure over continuing failures to provide legally required services for hundreds of vulnerable youngsters. CARL SHILTON reports It is becoming increasingly apparent that Marian James, one of Sutton Council leader Ruth Dombey’s … Continue reading

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Council’s prestige £6.5m youth project opening gets delayed

Four years after they announced the project in a flurry of mutual back-slapping, the council’s leadership has gone quiet as the Legacy Youth Zone has missed its deadline, reports KEN LEE There has been an unusual, for him, silence from … Continue reading

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Scully goes in to Batt at PMQs for Sutton’s SEND families

Sutton’s failing SEND service looks set to get an early return visit from the inspectors of Ofsted, this time accompanied by officials from the Care Quality Commission. At least, that’s what Theresa Mayhem, the lame duck Prime Minister, indicated yesterday … Continue reading

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Council tries to ‘hoodwink’ families to opt out of SEND services

Croydon Council is trying to save £100,000 from its SEND budget for every teenager currently receiving help from the local authority, under services which it is supposed to provide by law. Youngsters with SEND – special education needs or disability … Continue reading

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Potter foster parents awarded MBE after helping 200 children

A Wallington couple who have cared for 200 children over 43 years of fostering were awarded an MBE in this month’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Brenda and Gordon Potter have fostered for Croydon Council since 1989. Brenda had trained as a … Continue reading

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‘Families are at breaking point as a result’ of council action

Here, unedited, is the full text of the letter sent on behalf of the Sutton EHCP Crisis Group, to Ruth Dombey, the leader of Sutton Council. The letter was dated June 10. Dear Councilor Dombey, We are the members of … Continue reading

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Parents threaten to take council to High Court over SEND

EXCLUSIVE: Officials in Sutton have suppressed a report that slams council leadership over its failing services for special needs and disabled children, as a campaign group threatens a Judicial Review with angry parents maintaining that the council’s private service provider … Continue reading

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