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School crossing patrols

School Crossing Patrols help children and parents / carers to cross the road to and from school safely.

This is especially important for young people with SEND who are wanting to travel to school independently.

We use criteria set out in National Guidelines to help us to decide where a School Crossing Patrol is needed. This involves the number of children wanting to cross the road, the amount of traffic passing and a number of other things about the road and area around the site. School Crossing Patrols don’t always work right outside a school but could be anywhere on a route to / from a school. They have powers to stop traffic to cross any pedestrian, adult or child, and failing to stop for a patrol is a criminal offence.

There is no Statutory Duty to provide a school crossing patrol – and even where one is available, it remains the responsibility of parents and carers to make sure that their child is safe on the journey to and from school. If a patrol is absent for any reason (retirement, ill health etc) we ask parents and pupils to take extra care whilst crossing. Sadly we cannot provide cover at those sites. We always have vacancies in the team, if people are interested in applying for a role or know someone else who may be interested then all of the details are on the Kirklees Council jobs website (opens in new window).

Last updated: 21/09/2021