This policy outlines the travel support available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) living within the boundaries of Rochdale Borough to access education.
This policy was developed in partnership with Bury and Oldham local authorities and in consultation with parents, carers, children and young people. Public consultation took place from 19 October 2015 until 11 December 2015. The recommendations from the consultation were presented to the Council Cabinet and were approved on 14 March 2016.
This policy applies to new applications for travel assistance for the academic year 2016 to 2017. Existing service users will not be affected by the change in policy unless there is a change of placement.
The aim of the travel assistance policy is to ensure that all children and young people should lead lives that are independent and as free from restriction as possible, thereby contributing to the achievement of five critical outcomes:
- Independent living
- Good health
- Friends and relationships
- Community inclusion
The provision of travel assistance by the council will be based on individual needs and circumstances and with regard to the efficient use of resources. As a general rule, we believe that the majority of children and young people with SEND will be able to travel FREE on public transport.