Being able to get around using suitable transport can make a big difference to a child or young person with additional needs.
Some children and young people may not be able to walk or use public transport to get from home to school, so they may be eligible for travel assistance if they meet certain criteria.
These are set out in Brent’s transport policy. There is an additional policy statement for students aged 16-24.
Find out more more about the council’s transport policy, free travel and travel grants for all pupils.
Types of travel assistance
Travel assistance can include things like:
- assisted travel on Brent’s Transport Service, on shared routes or taxis
- help with the cost of public transport or a mileage reimbursement
Eligibility criteria for children with SEND
The transport policy sets out how decisions about whether a child or young person receives travel assistance are made. It includes details of the:
- eligibility criteria used
- things we take into account when assessing whether assistance is necessary
Travel assistance may be provided for children and young people with an EHC plan who cannot reasonably be expected to travel to school or college independently because of their needs, even if the journey is within the ‘statutory walking distance’ set out in the transport policy.
Children aged 5-16
Where a pupil has an EHC plan, a decision to grant transport assistance will be taken at the time the school placement is agreed.
Having an EHC plan does not necessarily mean we will provide travel assistance. The council does not have a duty to assist when parents have decided to send their child to a school that is farther away than the one we have deemed suitable to meet their child’s needs. In these cases, parents will need to make and fund their own travel arrangements.
Parents or carers will normally be expected to transport their children to non-statutory provision. However, children aged two years or older who have been placed in a nursery school or children’s centre for the purpose of assessing their special educational needs, may be granted assistance with travel at the council’s discretion in exceptional circumstances.
Who to contact for help
If you have any questions about home to school travel assistance, or need help filling in an assessment form, email: email@example.com or telephone 020 8937 6786.
Appealing a travel assistance decision
To appeal against a decision not to provide travel assistance email our Special Educational Needs Assessment Service (SENAS): firstname.lastname@example.org The service will respond to your appeal within 20 working days.