Red Gates Primary

Parents in Partnership

Parents in Partnership (PIP) services are free of charge to parents of children and young people with a special need or disability living in Croydon.  They can help if your child or young person is between 0 - 25 years old.  PIP provides Family Link Workers to support families on an individual basis, providing information and coordinating services when families feel stuck.  PIP are also able to provide emotional support, make referrals and liaise with services on families' behalf.

An extra date for Makaton 1 - this is FREE training for parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities living or working in Croydon.

Makaton is a language programme using simple signs and symbols to aid people to communicate; it supports spoken language.

Anne Chapman, a registered Makaton Trainer, will take you on a journey unlocking communication routes. The course includes a free training booklet.

This 2 part course will be held on:

Wednesdays 9th and 23rd January 2019  10am - 12.30pm at the Carers Support Centre in George Street.  (Please note that this training will be held in an upstairs room accessible by stairs).
We ask for a £10 refundable deposit to secure the place.    
Places are limited. 
 Please book by contacting the PiP office on 020 8663 5626 or  

Croydon has developed a Transitions to adulthood policy that sets out their commitment to young people with special educational needs and disabilities to make sure that their resources, commissioning activities and quality assurance procedures, provide new and more personalised services and give opportunities that promote independence so that they can support young people to lead full and purposeful lives.

They would like to hear your thoughts about the policy and the thoughts of the children and young people who may use the service. The feedback is very valuable and will help to ensure they have a service that meets the needs of children and young people in the future.

As part of a wider public consultation running from the 3rd December to 25th January on the SEND Strategy and Post 16 Travel Assistance Policy,there will be focus groups for parents and carers on the 9th January (12pm-2pm) and 10th January (1pm-3pm).

Link to documents

Could you please let the PiP Office know if you are going to attend so we have an idea of numbers.  Email: or call 020 8663 5626

PiP Training

PIP offers free training workshops for parents and carers of children with special needs or disabilities.

All meetings are at held at Carers Support Centre, 24 – 26 George Street, Croydon CR0 1PB

Please book by contacting the PiP office on 020 8663 5626 or email:

Become part of a Solution Circle

  • Do you feel isolated and unsupported when your child displays challenging behaviour?  
  • Do you find it difficult to communicate your child’s needs to those that are supporting  them?   

Break your isolation, share your skills, knowledge and creativity and learn from other parents who have experienced similar situations.

What people are saying about Solution Circles:

Very informative
Sense of relief that I am not on my own with the problems I am having
Brilliant - will definitely come again
Very supportive
It is good to share your concerns with other people and listening to others advice
Thank you for this opportunity, it is so important to have free access to this tupe of resource

The next Solution Circle will be on Monday 21st January
10.30am - 12.30pm in the Carers Support Centre.

Future dates:
Thursday 28th February 10.30am-12.30pm
Thursday 21st March 10.30am - 12.30pm
Thursday 25th April 10.30am - 12.30pm