We are consulting on the future of home to school/college transport for eligible children and young people with a special educational need or disability (SEND).
Over the last few years, the number of children and young people with SEND in Richmond who are eligible for help from the Council to get to and from school or college has grown significantly.This has happened at a time when councils across the country are facing severe financial challenges across all of their services.
We would like to hear your views on:
How the SEND Transport we provide can better prepare young people with SEND for adulthood.
In particular, we are asking for your views on how we can make better use of some of the support which is already included in our policy - in particular, independent travel training for young people; more flexible financial support to families to enable them to provide their own transport; and introducing collection points on a small number of routes.
How we can bring what we spend on SEND Transport into line with the money available to us.
Councils are only legally required to provide SEND transport to eligible young people aged between 5 - 16 years, but in Richmond we currently provide support to young people aged up to 19 years. Through this survey, we are asking for your views on changing our policy so that we only support new applicants aged between 5 - 16 years. We are also asking for your views on whether we should ask for financial contributions from parents of young people aged 16 years and over.
Drop in sessions
We have arranged the following drop-in sessions where you will be able to discuss these proposals with representatives of Achieving for Children (AfC) and Richmond Council.
Monday 21st January - 7pm - 8.30pm - The Venue, Heatham House, Twickenham.
Wednesday 23rd January - 10am - 11.30am - The Venue, Heatham House, Twickenham.
Wednesday 23rd January - 1pm - 2.30pm - The Venue, Heatham House, Twickenham.
This consultation will close at midnight on 27 January 2019