One to One Travel Support

Travel Training is defined as the ‘Step by Step process by which a person learns to travel a specific route between two given places, on their own in a safe and responsible way’.

One to One training follows an individual learning programme specifically designed to meet the particular requirements and journey for each trainee, based on national best practice guidelines.

Training is delivered via a step by step process involving 7 stages:

Step 1 – Referral

Form completed covering brief summary of basic skills, previous experience, motivation, health issues, potential for travel training and specific journey requirements. An initial evaluation and feasibility of route is undertaken.

Step 2 – Initial Assessment

Meeting arranged with individual, together with parent/carer (usually at home, or at a place where he/she feels comfortable). Individual is escorted on a short journey, and pre-requisite skills requirements considered ensuring suitability for travel training (for example awareness of dangers, identifying simple numbers and colours, sense of personal safety).

Step 3 – Risk Assessment

Both journey and personal risk assessments are undertaken, uniquely matched to individual and specific route they intend to learn. Trainer will plan and travel the agreed route independently looking at all the environmental factors and actions to control which might impact on the individual trainee. Personal circumstances will also be considered building on initial assessment, observations and journey risk assessment.

Step 4 – Agreement

Once all parties are satisfied, and agreement is signed by the individual, parent/carer and travel trainer. This covers consent to undertake training, understanding of the process, what is involved and information about the journey (including emergency arrangements).

Step 5 – Recording and Ongoing Assessment

Training is delivered using a 5 step process during which progress and risks are monitored and assessed on an ongoing basis:

  • Planning – necessary to acquire as much information as possible given the element of risk involved
  • Escorting – accompanying individual on route covering road safety skills, basic procedures, personal safety, appropriate behaviour and pointing out landmarks
  • Training – gradually letting the individual take the lead and discussing what to do if things go wrong and coping strategies
  • Shadowing – using ‘fade out’ technique, with individual making decisions and increasingly making more of the journey on their own while being observed
  • Judging competence – Individual is observed travelling the route. Safely and confidently on their own on at least 2 occasions

Tick sheets and progress reports showing achievement in competency areas are completed with the individual after each journey.

Step 6 – Final Report

Completed once an individual is assessed as competent to be able to undertake the specific journey safely and on their own, this covers a summary of training and progression, what the individual is now able to do, and includes further opportunities for development and monitoring in terms of keeping skills up to date.

Step 7 – Completion

Training is signed off with the referrer, parent/carer and individual – note that the individual is signed off as competent on this journey only and will never state that an individual is now an independent traveller.