Council wants to hear families' experiences of SEND travel

Council wants to hear families' experiences of SEND travel

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:56am 14th January 2020.

Parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities are being invited to share their experiences of school transport tonight.

Dorset Council is holding a special drop in event at South Walks House in Dorchester.

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

The new local authority now wants to find out what's working well and what needs to be improved.

boy on school bus

Cllr 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."

The event will place tonight (Tuesday, 14 January) from 7pm until 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. 

Sign-up for the event.

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