Sutton Parent Carers Forum

Sutton Parent Carers Forum  is run by the Steering Group who are all parent/carers themselves of children and young people with SEND who live in Sutton.  We are passionate about, and committed to, improving services including health, leisure, social care and education for children and young people with SEND. We do this by arranging events, focus groups, workshops and surgeries as well as by conducting surveys and meeting with parents and carers on individual issues. Sutton Parent Carer Forum do not have a joining system as such, all parent carers of children and young people with additional needs are welcome to engage in all events and feedback their views and experiences. We work actively with other stakeholders including Sutton Mencap, Playwise and local support groups. The Steering Group promote all events and workshops via social media and partner organisations  to try to reach as many parent/carers as possible. We have seats on the local area decision making Boards across health, education and social care to ensure we are able to represent the families we have engaged with to highlight where local services, processes and commissioners are working well, or challenge when changes or improvements need to be made. 

The Boards we attend include the All Age Disability Partnership, CAMHS Partnership Board, Safeguarding Board and Sutton Continuous Improvement Programme Board.

We work with the local area to arrange exclusive disability sessions including in local leisure centres and we run Play and Stay in the school holidays.

Visit the SPCF homepage for more information (external link).

Get on Downs Sutton

Get On Down’s is a parent led support group for families with children and young people with Down's syndrome or have had a pre-natal diagnosis. We meet every Wednesday, 9.30-11.30 AM in term-time at the PlayWise Hub in Sutton Library for good coffee, good chat and great cake. Children and young people of all ages are welcome to play with stimulating toys or in the sensory shed in a safe and comfortable environment. We offer support and advice for new families, arrange useful speakers for informal discussions, and social events, with the occasional spa day.


National Autistic Society Sutton

The Sutton branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS) run entirely by unpaid volunteers, many of whom have are parents / carers of autistic children.

NAS branches in England provide a local hub where parents, carers and autistic people can get help, access services, support each other and meet other people and families in similar situations.

NAS Sutton run a Behaviour Advice Drop-in Group where parents and carers can drop in and get free behavioural advice from our local Autism expert Mark Brown. It is run one Monday morning every month and the dates can be found on their website. 

Visit the National Autistic Society website for more information (external link). 

PlayWise Learning CIC

An exciting new not-for-profit organisation that supports families with disabled children/ children aged 0 - 8 years that are not meeting their developmental milestones.  We offer bespoke interventions for your child, provide emotional and practical support  for families, have designed interventions and training services for professionals supporting disabled children and their families in their local community.

Visit the Playwise website for more information (external link).  

Access an accessible version of the Playwise Sutton SEND guide. or Download the guide here (PDF, 2.84MB). 

Download the Playwise road map here (PDF, 3.98MB).

Sutton Carers Centre

Sutton Carers Centre have groups which provide mutual peer support, information sharing and an opportunity to meet with people who may have similar experiences.

​ Our support groups include:

  • ASD/ADHD Carers Support Group: a supportive group that meets at Sutton Carers Centre, one Thursday morning a month. For anyone caring for a child or young person with autism, ADHD or extra needs
  • Learning Disabilities Carers Group: for parents/carers of adults with learning disabilities. Meets every two months on Tuesdays at 10.30AM at Sutton Carers Centre or the Civic Centre
  • Mental Health Carers Group: monthly support group for Carers who are supporting a friend or family member who is experiencing a mental health condition
  • Lone Carers Support Group: for carers who are the sole Carer for the person they care for. The group meets once a month, on Saturday's at Sutton Carers Centre at 11AM
  • Male Carers Support Group: at 6.30PM, on Tuesday a month, either at the Carers Centre or in a local pub. Dads, Grandads, sons, husbands and partners all welcome
  • Saturday Information Session for Carers: find out more about support available at Sutton Carers Centre and locally. Drop-in any time between 11AM-1PM, one Saturday a month at Sutton Carers Centre
  • Sutton Carers Forum: the Forum offers collective strength for Carers to get their views noticed and heard. Regular speakers are invited to speak on topics that affect Carers

Please contact us at for full details of dates, times and venues for all our support groups and details of all our other services and support. Please visit the Sutton Carers website for more information (external link). 

The Dreaming Tree, Sutton

The Dreaming Tree Project delivers support services and Sutton's Deaf Community. They work to raise deaf awareness through education and training. Visit The Dreaming Tree website (external link). 

The Royal Society for Blind Children

The Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) offers a range of free services for vision impaired children and young people, and their families. Find out more about the Royal Society for Blind Children.

Acorn to Oak Education

These services are NOT commissioned by the London Borough of Sutton Council. 

Acorn to oak education is a local social enterprise that supports families with SEN learners through coaching for parents and carers, help with finding a school or college and by providing SEND advice.

They also offer contract based support and coaching paid for by local authorities, corporate or charitable organisations to provide support to specific families or groups of families by arrangement.

Visit the Acorn to Oak Education website for more information (external link).

Adapt to Learn

These services are NOT commissioned by the London Borough of Sutton Council. 

Adapt to Learn is an educational service offering specialist advice in autism, social communication and behavioural needs. 

Learn more about Adapt to Learn - PDF (1.11MB).