Transport


Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Seat Belts/Restraints/Car Seats
  3. The Vehicle
  4. Managing Children in the Vehicle
  5. Mobility Allowance


1. Introduction

Children who are in your care should be treated as part of the family and you will be expected to transport them in the same way that you would your own children.

A first aid kit and fire extinguisher must always be carried in the vehicle.

Where outdoor activities are planned, first aid kits should be carried.


2. Seat Belts/Restraints/Car Seats

See Child car seats: the law (GOV.UK).

Use the child seat for every journey, no matter how short. Make sure the seat’s harness (if it has one) is correctly adjusted so it is quite tight, so that only one or two fingers can fit between the child’s chest and the harness. The harness buckle should not rest over the child’s tummy.

Only EU-approved baby seats, child car seats or booster cushions can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle.

You can use your child’s car seat in the front seat of a vehicle, in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions/advice and if it fits, for example in 2-seater cars or convertibles with the top down.

You must deactivate any frontal airbags before fitting a rear-facing baby seat.


3. The Vehicle

The vehicle should be roadworthy with an up to date MOT and insurance cover which includes fostered children.


4. Managing Children in the Vehicle

It is a good idea to take toys and books to occupy small children on long journeys.

If the vehicle has to be stopped at the side of the road or on the hard shoulder of a motorway, the hazard warning lights should be put on, all occupants should get out of the vehicle and stand well away from the road, and the emergency services must be called.

If there are two carers with a child, it will be safer for the child to be in the front of the car rather than in the back seat with one adult.


5. Mobility Allowance

You may be able to claim mobility allowance for Disabled Children, speak to the child’s social worker about this.