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Staying safe when out and about

Road safety training in schools

The Road Safety Education team at Sheffield City Council, in conjunction with South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, delivers road safety education and training in some mainstream and special schools and other educational settings in Sheffield. If you require any advice on road safety education, please contact the Road Safety Education Team on 0114 2736162 or email

Most Y6 pupils in South Yorkshire also access a programme called Crucial Crew at the Lifewise Centre at Hellaby. This is a scenario-based learning facility with a film-set environment, where children can learn about safety (e.g. road safety, fire safety, online safety) in a realistic setting. All primary and special schools, Pupil Referral Units and Learning Centres in South Yorkshire are invited to attend Crucial Crew. The Centre also holds and arranges bespoke events for community groups or organisations that work with vulnerable members of society.

Please note: Some children may find the Crucial Crew sessions challenging. It is important that Crucial Crew staff are made aware of children’s additional needs. You may want to discuss the content of the session with your child’s school to ensure that it is suitable for your child, and check that the school have passed on important information about your child’s needs.

Travel training

Sheffield City Council offers free travel training for young people aged 10 to 19 years who have an EHC plan, or who have been identified by their school or college as requiring additional travel support through training.

Get Going is a programme for young people who currently get travel support (taxi or minibus provided by Sheffield City Council). The programme gives young people the chance to take their first small steps towards independence, whilst maintaining the travel support currently in place. It enables a young person to work towards developing skills for the future, and helps to increase their confidence and maturity.

Independent Travel Training develops a young person’s skills to travel safely, correctly and with confidence from home to their place of education. It helps young people to develop new skills, enabling them to increase their opportunities in life. Each young person is given a one-to-one trainer and a tailor-made travel plan, which is personalised to their ability and proceeds at a pace which is suitable to their needs. Top-up training is available to support children and young people with transition when moving school or college.

For more information, please talk to your child’s SENCO or contact the Travel Training Team at Sheffield City Council (email or call 0114 2053542).

Safe Places scheme

A network of local businesses and organisations are designated as “Safe Places”. They aim to support vulnerable people to feel safe when they are out and about in Sheffield. If someone needs help, for example they are lost, ill or frightened, then they can enter the nearest safe place to get help. The staff or volunteers in safe places will assist anyone who goes to them for help. More information

Help with using public transport

Sheffield’s two main bus companies provide cards with messages like “Please be patient, I have difficulty speaking”, or “Please tell me when we reach [name of stop]”. Passengers can hold these cards up to the driver so they know what their needs are. For more information, please visit the Stagecoach website or First Group website.

Alert cards for emergency services

South Yorkshire Police have launched a scheme that will help police officers and other emergency service workers communicate better with people on the autism spectrum and people with learning disabilities.

Joining the scheme is free. Applicants are asked to supply information (e.g. about their communication needs, situations they find difficult, things that help them, emergency contacts), which is then stored in a central database. People registered on the scheme receive a credit-card-sized card, which they can show to emergency service workers if they find themselves in a crisis or stressful situation. Workers will then be able to retrieve information about the individual from their call handling system and adapt their communication and actions accordingly. 

A ‘passport’ is also supplied that can be used in places like travel hubs or shopping malls.

Application forms can be obtained from the below links;

Download the Autism Alert card application form 

Download the Learning Disability Alert card application form 

Useful websites

Brake has information on teaching safe walking and cycling to children under 16 with SEN who are included in mainstream education

The National Autistic Society has practical steps parents can take to keep their child safe and help them develop awareness skills

The Children's Traffic Club has a Let’s Go Pack to help under 5s learn and remember key road safety skills

Think has road safety teaching resources for different age groups

Last reviewed: 28/06/2021

Last Updated: 05/07/2021
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