Personal travel budgets
Our SEND transport team launched personal travel budgets, to improve options for children and young people and their families. Personal Travel Budgets (PTBs) help families to manage more flexible travel arrangements. They help young adults develop their independence, as they can use public transport and learn important independent travel skills. Our team wants to help families start building in these skills early, to set them up for a more independent adult life.
Making moves easier
The SEND transport team have done some work to make the process clearer for families moving into or out of the county. It can be a complex process, with uncertainty about which local authority is responsible for transport. The Local Offer page has information about what families should do before they move to ensure changes can be processed as early as possible. The legal team has helped to draft a policy which confirms which local authority is legally responsible for home to school transport during a move.
Improving transport provision for part time timetables
Part-time timetables have in the past caused some complications with providing SEND transport, as the team had to take a reactive approach to transport for part-time timetables, that were arranged on very short notice. This was leading to unnecessary stress for SEND families, and additional costs to HCC.
The SEND team have developed their processes around part-time timetables and created the following benefits:
- The SEN Team are involved in discussions with the school and ultimately must agree all part-time timetables
- Parent/carers are equal partners in decision making and must also agree/sign onto the part-time timetable
- Transport will now only be funded (if the child is eligible for transport) if the timetable has been agreed according to the new process and the school provide evidence of the tri-partite agreement
- The part-time timetable can only last up to 6 weeks, after which the pupil returns to full-time education, or reviewed by the SEND team, school/college and parent/carer.
The aim is to reduce the number of part-time timetables and, where they are needed, ensure pupils are not kept on them for too long.
Find out more about SEND Home to School Transport here.