Travel assistance to schools, colleges or social care settings

We provide travel assistance to eligible children, young people and adults who live in Trafford. There are different types of travel assistance to support people getting to school, college or a social care setting. Our aim is to help people achieve maximum independence whilst making the most efficient use of our resources.

If your child or young person is of compulsory school age and does not have special educational needs and disabilties or a mobility issue, please see school admissions travel assistance.

For those with special educational needs, disabilities or a mobility issue, we may be able to provide travel assistance to the following groups:

  • Children of compulsory school age (aged between 5 and 16 years)
  • Children under compulsory school age starting reception.
  • Disabled children (0-18) accessing social care or similar including respite provision/short breaks.
  • Persons of sixth form age (aged between 16 to 18 and those continuing learners who started their programme of learning before their 19th birthday) to aid their attendance at school, college or place of learning.
  • Adult learners.
  • Adults with care and support needs.

Travel assistance to schools and colleges is not classed as a public fund for immigration purposes. This means that if a child is eligible for travel assistance under our policy, it can be accessed regardless of the child or parent's immigration status, including a person who is subject to the no recourse to public funds (NRPF) condition.

Travel assistance for pre-school children

Pre-school children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or who are undergoing an EHCP needs assessment in one of our special school nursery assessment places may be eligibile for travel assistance. To be considered, there must be medical or social reasons why your child cannot attend the place without travel assistance. This must be supported by professional evidence, for example from a social worker or medical professional. If you are asessed as entitled to travel assistance, there will be a charge for this service.

The charges will be £185 per term and payment is required at the start of the term. If families can demonstrate financial hardship as described in the policy, the charge will be £85 per term.

Transport for sick children charity

Transport for sick children is a team of volunteers who give up their time and use their own cars to make a difference to sick children and their carers in Greater Manchester. See transport for sick children leaflet.