Children and young people who use a Crelling harness
Crelling are a company that make specialised vehicle harnesses. They support posture during travel in both cars and minibuses. They allow the passenger to continue to enjoy day to day activities, such as going to school.
The use of harnesses can reduce the risk of injury in travel. We complete Individual Risk Assessments for each child and young person who requires a harness to travel. We must approve the use of a support harness. It must be part of the child’s Risk Assessment and Pupil Travel Information.
Permission is always obtained from the legal parent or carer before use. In some instances, where a child has received support from Children’s Social Care, we may hold a best interest meeting first.
The Crelling harness isn't classed as a safety harness. You must wear a vehicle safety belt over the top of the harness unless there are medical reasons not to.
We accept that any passenger using a harness will need support from trained professionals. You should not force a child or young person into a harness. A risk assessment needs to be in place to ensure the dignity and respect of the child or young person. We may not be able to transport the passenger if they refuse to wear the harness.
Find out more information on Crelling and their harnesses.
We expect that trained adults (parent or carers and the school or college) will assist the child or young person, where required.
Transport Operators must make sure any harnesses fit and are in proper working order. Wheelchairs are also the responsibility of the Transport Operator when they are on board the vehicle.
Transport crew must make sure any harness is secure before driving off.