Your child’s playgroup, nursery or school may invite your child to go on a school trip. When giving consent, you should consider the safety of how your child is going to travel.
Here are our top tips
Speak up for safety at your child’s education establishment. Find out if there is a safe and sustainable transport policy. If there isn’t, ask for one to be written.
If your child is being invited to travel on a coach or minibus, ask about how the transport provider has been chosen. Was safety part of that selection process?
If your child is under 150cm, never consent to them travelling without their child restraint, and request that you ‘fit and sit’ your child yourself in the coach or minibus. You can’t rely on anyone else knowing how to fit your child’s restraint. Different seats have different fitting systems.
If your child is being invited to travel in someone else’s car (for example, a friend, or another parent) then the same applies. They must use a child restraint appropriate to their size and weight.
Listen to your worries and speak up. Never let your child be carried in a car that you consider unsafe or that might be driven by someone you don’t trust to drive slowly and carefully. Politely say
If your child is regularly carried by a grandparent, consider that grandparent’s safety to drive. Eyesight, for example, deteriorates with age and significant amounts of vision can be lost without knowing it. Make sure your child’s grandparent has a vision test every year and wears glasses if they need them.
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