Brent Council plans to change transport policy for children with special needs

Brent Council are consulting on changes to their SEN transport policy

Brent Council are consulting on changes to their SEN transport policy - Credit: Archant

Some youngsters could travel to and from school independently

Council chiefs are asking parents, carers and schools for their views on a new travel policy being proposed for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

The West London Alliance (WLA), which includes Brent, Hounslow, Ealing and Harrow councils, has agreed a draft joint policy on children’s eligibility for travel assistance.

The proposed policy has been agreed jointly by the boroughs to ensure the most consistent, efficient and effective service is achieved with the resources available. Consultation is taking place in the boroughs simultaneously until February 10.

If adopted, the new policy will continue to provide transport support for those pupils who need it and have no other reasonable alternative, but will also offer assistance to those pupils who want to travel independently and are potentially capable of doing so.

Councillor Mary Arnold, lead member for children and families, said: “At the heart of the WLA’s proposed new policy are two key principles - promoting independence and maintaining quality of life for children with SEN. By working in partnership with parents, children and young people, schools and the voluntary sector, we hope to ensure that every each child and young person has the best travel option available to them so they are better prepared to enter adulthood with confidence.”

To view the draft travel policy and a travel questionnaire visit