Road Safety Education News 1 December 2015
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Free resources for services and families to help keep children safe

Transportation of children with additional needs

Research shows that children with disabilities have a greater risk of injury or fatality as a result of a vehicle collision than other children. Some parents and carers of children with a disability may find it challenging to obtain a car restraint that meets their child’s special needs.

Concern about the lack of knowledge and expertise around supporting the travel needs of children with a disability or medical condition led to the establishment of the Victorian Transportation of Children and Youth with Additional Needs Partnership (TOCAN).  ELAA is a member of TOCAN.

TOCAN has developed a website to assist parents and carers of children with disabilities to find the information they need to ensure that their child is transported safely, comfortably and legally. This site also has helpful information for occupational therapists and other health practitioners.

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For information on transporting children safely and the best child car seats to use for your child, go to the Starting Out Safely website

Free policies for early childhood education and Family Day Care services
Make sure your service is up to date with best practice policies for Road Safety Education and Safe Transportation of Children.

These free policies can be tailored to your needs to ensure that your early childhood and Family Day Care service provides best-practice guidelines to promote the safe transportation of children. Ensure children at your service are kept safe while travelling as pedestrians, cyclists or passengers in vehicles - and are able to participate in road safety education to help them become safe and responsible road users.

Download the policies to adapt for your service from the Starting Out Safely website

Please contact the RSE team on 03 9489 3500 or for more information.
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