Independent travel training

We help children and young people and children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to travel independently to school or college. 

How we can help

Independent travel training is free for children and young people who are:

  • eligible for transport assistance
  • looked after in Leeds

A dedicated travel buddy will join you on public transport to and from school or college. As your confidence and skills grow, your travel buddy will reduce the support they provide until you are fully independent. 

Our nationally recognised good practice in independent travel training has previously enabled approximately 2,000 children, young people, and adults to travel independently. This increases life skills, raises self-esteem, and prepares young people for adulthood.

You will receive a tailored travel plan so that you can track your progress.

Our service is provided by an experienced Open Awards Level 2 accredited team.

Social workers can also refer adults who need help to travel by emailing

How to apply

If you think that your child is eligible after reading the transport policy, you should complete a transport application form.

You can request an application form by email or leave a message on our voicemail.


Phone: 0113 535 1990

We can post or email this out to you. You will need to complete the form and return it to us.

Return your completed application from by email to:

You can also return your application form by post to:

The SEND Transport Assessment Team
Children and Families Services
Civic Hall
Calverly Street

We will aim to contact you within 15 working days of receiving your completed application form.

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