Published: Thursday, 6th September 2018

Medway children and young people with special educational needs and their families get more choice with a new home-to-school transport policy.

Earlier this year Medway Council held a public consultation to give the families of children and young people with special educational needs the opportunity to have their say on the help they need so their children can attend school.

The council took the feedback to help form the new transport policy, which has been implemented ready for the new school year for families who had applied for the support. 

The new transport policy offers families more choice to help take children with special educational needs to school and actively encourages their independence. The majority of children continue to be taken to school by specialist minibuses, and we are working with these families to improve journey times. A growing number of families now receive a personal transport payment to help them meet their children’s needs more flexibly. The new transport policy also allows some children and young people to take advantage of travel training sessions that will give young people the skills they need to travel safely and more independently on public transport.

'We are committed to supporting all children living across our five towns'

Cllr Andrew Mackness, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at Medway Council, said: “We are committed to supporting all children living across our five towns to help them reach their full potential, as well as providing additional support to children with special educational needs. Following a public consultation, the new home-to-school transport policy is now in place, providing more options to take children with special educational needs to school.

“It is important we continue to assess each child’s needs and put the appropriate measures in place to ensure they are best supported. We will continue to review the services we offer and improve the support we provide to our most vulnerable children and families living across Medway.”

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