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SEN Transport Policy Consultation

 SEN Transport
Consultation on proposals for changes to Travel Arrangements for pupils with Special Educational Needs
Results of the Consultation
When Would the Changes Happen?
What could this mean for your child?
Related information

Consultation on proposals for changes to Travel Arrangements for pupils with Special Educational Needs

A consultation took place between September and December 2011 about the proposals to change travel arrangements for pupils with Special Educational Needs.
The consultation is now closed.
The consultation consisted of a range of activities which were planned to make it possible for as many people as possible to have their say on the proposals.
Parents and carers were made aware of the various opportunities to be involved in the consultation. 2000 consultation documents and response forms were distributed to a wide range of stakeholders including parents / carers, schools etc. The consultation document and response form was also available on-line through a dedicated web page.
Five public consultation evenings were arranged at Ashmount, Birchwood, Birkett House, Dorothy Goodman and Forest Way Special Schools. A telephone helpline was set up to enable members of the public to book places at the consultation events. The helpline also signposted individual queries from parents / carers, as well as helping them fill in the response forms if required.
The Leicestershire Parent Partnership Forum (LPPF) meetings devoted time in their meetings for parents / carers and other stakeholder to have their say on the proposals. Six LPPF meetings took place between September and December 2011 in the following localities:
Coalville, Hinckley, Loughborough, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray and Wigston.
By working with each of the Area Special Schools, pupils and students were also able to be involved with the consultation.

Results of the Consultation

The Consultation is now Closed
A new SEN Transport Policy was approved by Cabinet on 3rd April 2012. Changes to transport entitlement will take effect from September 2013.

Analysis of results

The full breakdown of the results has been made available to view online or download.  Some of the key results are;
  • 69% of all respondents strongly disagree or disagree with the proposal to clarify entitlement for SEN children including travel distances;
  • 60% of all respondents strongly agree or agree with the proposal to clarify entitlement for SEN children from families where a parent/carer has a disability and may therefore require travel assistance with their journey to and from school;
  • 63% of all respondents strongly agree or agree with the proposal to clarify exceptions to minimum distances to include SEN children with disabilities, where travel assistance is necessary to support their attendance at school;
  • 46% of all respondents strongly agree or agree with the proposal to review how travel assistance and transport is provided;
  • 36% of all respondents strongly disagree or disagree with the proposal to review the transport arrangements between home and school for SEN children attending termly boarding residential schools;
  • 79% of all respondents strongly disagree or disagree with the proposal to introduce a charge to parents/carers for SEN students attending Post 16 Education;
  • 77% all of respondents strongly disagree or disagree with the proposal to introduce a charge to parents/carers for SEN children attending specialist nurseries.

Issues raised

During the course of the consultation a number of views were expressed by respondents. They include:
  • Consideration of the risk of families with disabled children being placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to other families, when changes to services are being considered. This is because these families are more dependent on a wider range of services from Health, Education and Social Care than other families;
  • Concern about the potential additional costs to parents / carers arising from any changes, particularly in the light of the existing financial burden of bringing up a disabled child;
  • A further concern about the impact any changes to existing transport eligibility or arrangements would have on families and young people. These included the following:
  • The possible withdrawal of transport and the effect on families already under severe pressure in bringing up one
  • or more disabled child.
  • The possible change of routes and the impact on children who need routine and consistency in order to be able to function effectively when arriving at school or returning home from school.
  • The consultation also confirmed the need to ensure that all proposals are fully compliant with the requirements of the Equalities Act (2010) particularly where children and / or adults in a family have a disability.
  • The feedback by parents/carers, from all the consultation activities, highlighted how important the existing transport was, for their children, from an educational and social perspective. There were many positive comments by parents/carers and pupils/students, in particular, on the quality of transport provided and on the social benefits. There were also positive comments about the professionalism of the staff such as drivers and escorts, as well as those staff working within the Sustainable Transport Group of the Environment and Transport Department.

When Would the Changes Happen?

If, after the consultation, the County Council agreed to the proposed policy changes, then these would apply to everyone entitled to travel assistance from September 2013.
We will notify you well in advance of any changes that might affect your child. Before introducing the changes each child would receive a re-assessment against the new eligibility criteria, to ensure their own particular circumstances are properly considered. This will provide valuable time to ensure that your views are taken into account and any changes are introduced sensitively and in a way that causes the minimum disruption to your child’s learning.

What could this mean for your child?

We expect that most children and young people with SEN currently receiving travel assistance to and from school would continue to be offered travel assistance if the proposals were agreed.   
Each child or young person affected by the changes would have their individual circumstances reviewed and would be informed about how the changes would affect them. Please bear in mind that a year’s notice will be given to each child/family should the proposed changes (if introduced) affect your entitlement to travel assistance.
If your child currently receives travel assistance and we advise you that he/she is likely to be affected by the introduction of the proposed arrangements, you will still have the right to request a review of your child’s eligibility to receive SEN home to school transport assistance.

Related information

SEN Transport Consultation Cabinet Report
A Summary of SEN Transport ConsultationResults
Frequently Asked Questions
SEN Transport Policy
SEN Transport Entitlement Guide
Family Information Service
 
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