Special needs transport

Special needs transport is the most challenging but exciting area of home to school transport. Standards have improved markedly in recent years, with improved escort training, safety equipment, and vehicles. However, it is also expensive provision – and authorities should be proactive in ensuring that budgets are managed effectively.

We have extensive experience of working with young people with special needs, special schools, colleges, parents, equipment manufacturers, the community transport sector as well as operators and local authorities. Our experience spans the US and Europe and we can draw on diverse good practice.

We can help authorities with all aspects of special needs transport including:
  • Policies and procedures 
  • Assessment of needs
  • Equipment and staff training
  • Safeguarding and risk assessment
  • Behaviour management
  • Travel training
  • Contract specification, procurement and monitoring
  • Budget management
  • Communication with stakeholders and partners