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Independent travel training

Independent travel training

It is all about independence. Get the skills and confidence to travel on your own to get to work, school, college or place of leisure.  The training aims to help people travel on their own without fear. It also helps to develop the skills needed in order to travel independently and safely using public transport, or walking or cycling.

Benefits of travel training

The training has many benefits to the Young Person, including:

  • Increasing independence - giving improved confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
  • Providing greater freedom - young People become less reliant on parents and carers to take them to out.
  • Creating more opportunities to take part in social activities.
  • Increasing opportunities to work or to volunteer
  • Developing social skills
  • Using  own initiative


Travel training can be considered for Children or Young People (aged up to 25) who have Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Training is suitable if the Child or Young Person:

  • has an EHCP and their needs are caused by a physical or mental impairment or illness; and
    • they are currently unable to travel independently; and
    • being able to travel independently will help them to take part in education, training or work placements, or for their general wellbeing

How it works

If training is to be offered, the Travel Co-ordinator will work with the Child or Young Person, and their Parent / Carer to establish what support they need.

A personal training plan is then developed for the individual and the trainer will go with the child or young person on journeys until they can travel confidently by themselves.

The training might be conducted on a one-to-one basis, or in groups or in the classroom, depending on need. 

The training gives advice on all the events young people might find on their journeys.

The training includes:

  • Meeting with parents/ carers and the student before any training starts.
  • Personal and road safety awareness.
  • Journey planning including a detailed journey plan. This may include photos and maps of your journey.
  • Building on road safety skills and awareness
  • Covering a wide range of ‘What If’ situations
  • Preparing for a journey (e.g. what to take, what the weather might be like).
  • Leaving the home safely (e.g. locking up if need be).
  • How to cope with an emergency or unexpected circumstances (e.g. cancelled buses, missed stops).
  • Using technology like travel cards and mobile phones.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Gina Kitchin


Where to go


Time / Date Details

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Referral required
Referral Details


If a Child or Young Person meets the eligibility criteria, a referral can be made to the Independent Travel Co-ordinator by a:

  • School,  College or Social Worker
  • Parent / Carer  (normally via the School, College or Social Worker)
  • member of Local Authority staff

Referrals need to be made using the Independent Travel Training Referral Form

When the form is received, the request is considered and a decision made taking into account the:

  • suitability of independent training
  • priority of the training
  • capacity of the Travel Co-ordinator to undertake the training

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-15 years)
Primary (5-10 years)
Adulthood (16-25)
 Last updated: 07 Jul 2020