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Transport for children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan ‘EHCP’

Assistance with transport for children and young people with an EHCP

Most children and young people are able to travel to and from school either by themselves or with a parent/carer or friend of the family. However, some children and young people will be unable to do so and Sutton may offer assistance with transport in these cases.

We will consider distances and will also look at the child or young person's special need and/or disability before we decide whether to provide help with transport and what form the transport help should take.

If a child or young person goes to a special school or has an EHCP, this does not automatically mean that they qualify for help with transport. We will assess each case individually.

If we agree to provide assistance with transport, this will usually be agreed for the current academic year. If we agree to provide transport for a different period, we will tell you this in writing at the time.

Where help is provided, it is not guaranteed that it will continue to do so in the future. We will make changes for the developing needs of the child or young person along with any changes in local or national policy and practice. We will look at transport changes during the annual re-application process, but also from time to time during the year.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan, please refer to the 'Home to School Transport Policy for Children and Young People attending School' for more information (PDF, 323.45KB).

If you have questions regarding eligibility, please contact the SEND Transport Manager on 020 8323 0460, by email to, or by post to SEND Transport Team, Cognus Limited, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton SM5 2JG.

For all other queries, please contact the SEND Transport team on 020 8323 0460 or by post at the address above.


Disabled Persons Freedom Pass

The London borough of Sutton issue freedom passes to disabled people. 

Adults and children over the age of 5 who meet the criteria should apply to London Borough of Sutton, Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 1EA. Telephone 020 8770 4537.

An application form will be sent to you on request or can be collected from the civic offices. Download the Disabled Persons Freedom Pass application form and eligibility criteria (PDF 91.43KB). 

Residence: Your permanent place of residence must be within the London Borough of Sutton.

Permanent Disability: Freedom Passes are issued in line with the central principle of the Equality Act (2010) definition. The types of disability that enable people to claim the statutory minimum are those which are permanent or which have lasted at least 12 months and which have a substantial effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities.


More information

View the Home to School Transport Policy (PDF, 323.45KB)
View the Application form (PDF, 261.7KB)
View Independent Travel Training: A Parent’s Guide (PDF, 1.08MB)

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