Tips for grandparents who want to help their grandchildren who may be on the receiving end of more than one type of bullying. Follow this link to get expert advice from Kidscape.
BUSK and Kidscape work in partnership to prevent bullying on home to school transport.
BUSK has written a bespoke training course for drivers on the school run. The course is JAUPT approved for the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training that all PSV drivers have to undergo. The law requires all PSV drivers to undertake 35 hours of additional training every three years. The training can be a mixture of several courses from customer service to first aid, emergency evacuation of a coach or, one of many other modules that both coach and bus companies choose from. BUSK's course is called Protecting Drivers & Pupils on the School Run. This 7 hour course will go towards a driver's legally required 35 hours CPC training. It was developed specifically for the school run and the huge problem of young people that experience bullying on their daily journey to and from school.
Protecting Drivers & Pupils on the School Run aims to do what the title suggests and that is to protect both drivers and pupils, to prevent bullying but importantly to also help pupils of any age feel safer on the school run. The course will leave drivers more confident in recognising when there may be a problem during the journey and how to report it to get the appropriate help for the young person. This course has been endorsed by Kidscape and the Vodden family, whose son, Ben took his own life after being bullied on his school bus. The course is currently being rolled out in various areas of the country with the aim of giving access to school bus/coach drivers everywhere. So far, BUSK can report that there is a lot of interest in the course content by transport operators and local authorities.
If you think your child's transport provider should be using this course as part of their legally required CPC training modules, please let us know or tell the the transport company, the school or the local authority about it. The course is designed to protect everyone! See our Services page for more details about the course content which can be printed off and given to any school transport stake holder.
For more information on help that is available, please contact us on 01633 274944 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.