Parents and carers’ views sought on draft home to school transport policy

Parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being asked for their comments on Barnsley Council’s updated draft home to school transport policy.

The policy sets out the eligibility criteria for travel assistance to school and is currently being revised and updated following comments received during a nine-week consultation last December.

Many of the comments received have now been reflected in the revised policy and parents and carers are invited to take a look at this draft policy and feedback their comments

The draft policy will be available on the council’s consultation page http://consult.barnsley.gov.uk/portal from Tuesday, 7 November to Tuesday, 28 November and can also be accessed directly here

Following this, all the comments and feedback received will be assessed in full and used to influence the draft policy.

As well as the online feedback form, there will also be an opportunity for people to give their views in person at two drop-in sessions at the Ozone, Barnsley Football Club, 10am to 12 noon on Wednesday, 15 November and Wednesday, 22 November. 

There will also be a session at Summer Lane Primary School, 7pm to 8pm on Monday, 13 November

A parents/carers meeting will take place at the end of the engagement period on Friday, 1 December 2017 at the Ozone where we will discuss the outcome of the engagement process and what happens next.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  

The main points to come out of the first round of consultation and which are included in the current draft policy are: 

  • Travel assistance options to include; personal budget; mileage reimbursement; independent travel training, zero-fare bus pass and minibus/taxis. The most appropriate option for the child will be offered.
  • Independent travel training will only be offered if appropriate for the pupil and with the full agreement of the parent/carers, school and any other appropriate professional body. 

Following people’s comments the draft policy will be presented at Barnsley Council’s Cabinet meeting in January for members’ approval.

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