Families asked to be involved in future of SEND travel

Families asked to be involved in future of SEND travel

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 10:41am 20th December 2019.

Dorset Council wants to hear families' experiences to improve SEND transport across the county.

Parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are invited to share their experiences at an event in the new year.

There are a number of ways the council supports a child to get to and from school, including:

  • home-to-school transport
  • travel passes for use on public transport
  • payment of a personal travel budget, where families use money to choose how their child gets to school
  • independent training to support pupils to use public transport or travel independently 
child special needs

'Making families' voices heard'

The new council says it wants to improve, design and create services together with children and families - making sure their voices are heard and are reflected in the way services are run.

Councillor Andrew Parry, portfolio holder for education and learning at Dorset Council, said: 

"We want to hear from parents who have a child with SEND and is currently using, or has recent experience of, school transport. 

"We'd like to chat to families about what's working well, what isn't and what they'd like to see from us in the future. 

"We'd also like to invite families to work with us to find solutions to some of the problems, so we can improve SEND travel for children and young people."

Photo of Parents for SEND

The event will place on Tuesday 14th January from 7 - 8:30pm in the Committee Suite at South Walks House, Dorchester. 

Councillors and officers from Dorset Travel and Children's Services will be there to listen to parents and carers. 

You can sign-up for the event here. 

If you can't make that date, but would still like to get involved, email Thomas Fowler, project manager - thomas.fowler@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk