Your child will be trained on the most appropriate route, which is the safest, not necessarily the quickest, using a wide transport network.
They will have a personalised journey plan, which is specific to their needs.
Training is 1:1 and your child will have a personal trainer who supports them through their training and is their contact for support afterwards.
Training takes place at the time your child will need to travel to and from school, college or their learning provider. They can be trained on the morning and afternoon journeys or just the morning or the afternoon. This will be discussed at the first meeting. Extra training can be offered on days they are not attending a learning provider.
Once the journey has been agreed and risk assessments carried out, the parent, carer, legal guardian and young person will be asked to sign an agreement form to show their commitment to the training.
Your child will be supported to manage every aspect of their journey independently, including:
- road safety
- travelling by bus or train
- problem solving eg if the bus is late or cancelled
- personal safety
- how and where to ask for help
- use of mobile phone in case of emergencies
Regular feedback will be given to parents and the young person.
We encourage you to further develop and practice independent travel skills with your child by making regular use of bus or train travel.
You can arrange taster sessions for your child to experience the journey before they commit to the training.