Travel assistance policy for children and young people in education or training

Closes 7 Jun 2019

Opened 23 Apr 2019

Overview

This policy is written for parents and young people to explain the arrangements that Camden Council makes to support travel arrangements for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) up to the age of 25.

Support for eligible children and young people to develop independent travel skills helps enable them to take part in education, employment, life and leisure activities within  their communities. This policy covers travel arrangements for children and young people aged 5 to 16 and for young people with complex special educational needs and disabilities up to the age of 25, while they remain in education or training.

Why We Are Consulting

Camden Council has considered the legal framework and guidance in formulating this policy, including the Education Act 1996 and the requirements of the SEN and Disability Code of Practice (2015). Further details can be found on the DfE website using these links: home to school and post-16 travel assistance. The legal guidance encourages Local Authorities to “….review travel policies, arrangements and contracts regularly to ensure best value for money is achieved”. Camden’s policy aims to ensure that we identify those children and young people who are in need of assistance with their travel arrangements, making decisions that are fair and equitable and which also promote greater independence by providing life skills to help them prepare for adulthood.

The draft policy puts more emphasis on the importance of supporting children and young people to participate in travel training, as appropriate based around their needs and abilities, to support them to develop the skills they need to live as independently as possible as they get older. We are seeking views about this and the policy itself from young people, families and other interested parties.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Carers
  • Children
  • Community and voluntary groups
  • Disabled people
  • Parents
  • Pupils
  • Residents
  • Service users
  • Young people

Interests

  • Education
  • Social care and health
  • Transport and streets