URGENT SEN TRANSPORT CONSULTATION FOR PARENTS & CARERS
A consultation on the draft travel assistance policy for 0-25 year olds in education has recently been launched. The consultation will run until Tuesday 2 April 2019 and the survey can be accessed at https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/people-1/0-25-policy/
YOUR VIEWS ARE CRUCIAL - PLEASE READ THE PROPOSALS AND RESPOND TO THE CONSULATION ON THE LINK ABOVE. THE CHANGES ARE ON THE LINKS BELOW:
Attached here is the draft policy that is being consulted on as well as a document that summarises the changes that are proposed.
WE WOULD LIKE TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO PROPOSAL 8 IN THE POLICY:
The new policy aims to explain more clearly that parents are expected to accompany their children to school wherever possible.
The draft policy aims to clarify the rights and responsibilities of parents towards accompanying their children to school.
By law parents are required to ensure that their child receives a suitable education at school or otherwise. Primary age children and
secondary age children who cannot reasonably be expected to walk to school, and require accompaniment, because of their SEN, disability or mobility problems should be accompanied to and from school by their parents unless there is a good reason why that is not possible.
The Council’s current policy does not make these expectations as clear as it could. The Council considers that it is important that parents understand what is expected of them and what it is possible to offer to families. This would mean that in most cases where the Council decides that a child needs to be accompanied on their journey to school, this should be by their parent unless there is a good reason why that is not possible.
Any changes made to the accompaniment requirements of children will be subject to a risk assessment.
When this will come into force:
This change would take effect for any applications received after the new policy is approved and published.
This change would also apply to annual reviews and for changes of circumstances (e.g. changes of school) after the new policy is approved and published.
Your views are important.
There are a number of meetings being held across the city which you can attend so your voice can be heard about what you think regarding the changes.
Please do attend one of them if this is possible.