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Continue to fund PRISM for Croydon's disabled children and their families

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The current PRISM contracts with Croydon Council are ending, and it has not been possible to identify alternative funding opportunities.
Therefore NAS & PRISM services WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY 31ST MARCH 2017.

What will this mean?

If we are unable to find funding by the end of March 2017, the following services will discontinue…

The National Autistic Society
Ø All post diagnosis family support offered by Family Support Coordinators, Linda Townsend, Sarah Omari & Natasha Boxill.
Ø Home Visits for families who receive an autism diagnosis.
Ø Post diagnostic support appointments held by NAS at CAMHS & at the Crystal Centre.
Ø Half termly autism specific workshops held in partnership with Jubilee Parenting.
Ø Family Fun days including half termly activity days and the annual Coach Trip.

Jubilee Parenting
Ø Chill & Chat Special’s held weekly at Woodlands & Kensington Avenue Children’s Centres.

Parents In Partnership
Ø All family support offered by Family Link Worker Sharon Scott including home visiting, email, telephone support and support at meetings.

I believe that it is extremely important that our council continues to invest in and prioritise commissioning services for people with autism and other special educational needs and their families.

As somebody who has experienced first-hand the support that is offered by Croydon services such as those run by The National Autistic Society, Jubilee Parenting and Parents In Partnership, I am disappointed to hear that it has not been possible to source funds for them to continue supporting families in 2017-18 and that they will be closing their services in March this year.
As the autism and SEN prevalence in the borough grows, and research demonstrates that the best outcomes for families are achieved when there is access to early intervention and support, it seems impossible to understand why it is that Croydon Council have not been able to identify a way forward for these vital services, especially given that, ahead of its Local Area Ofsted and CQC SEND inspection, Croydon claim to be “ambitious in its aspirations” for providing services for families of children with disabilities.


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