School Crossing Patrol Service
The School Crossing Patrol Service provides
a vital link to a safer, healthier journey to and from school
for many child and adult pedestrians throughout the county of
Worcestershire. It also provides an integral element of sustaining
a pro-walking strategy equipping children with safer crossing and
Brief history of the School Crossing Patrol service
School Crossing Patrols were recognised in the
UK by the SCP Act 1953 and instituted on 1 July 1954 through the
SCP Order 1954. This allowed local authorities to provide School
Crossing Patrols to assist children to cross roads on their way to
and from school between the hours of 08.00 and 17.30.
School Crossing Patrols have the legal right
to stop traffic, but the responsibility for children's safety
remains with the parent or carer. The employment of School Crossing
Patrols is not statutory and is at the discretion of local
The Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 (Sect 26
& 28) defines the criteria for which a School Crossing Patrol
has the power to stop vehicles. The transport act was updated in
2000 to allow School Crossing Patrols to cross any pedestrian who
wishes to cross with them between their duty times. It also allows
operating times to be determined by each authority.
How is the School Crossing Patrol Service managed?
The School Crossing Patrol Service is managed
by Worcestershire County Council in accordance with the national
School Crossing Patrol Service guidelines (Road Safety GB).
Although the guidelines clearly define the role and responsibility
of providing a service, they are subject to local policies and
amendments agreed by the Council.
How do you request a School Crossing Patrol?
Requests come from many sources including:
- Members of the public
- Parish Councillors
- County Councillors
Sites are assessed by conducting a
Pedestrian/vehicle count using objective criteria provided in the
guidelines, this figure must be met before a site can be
established. If the figure doesn't meet criteria, a further site
assessment may be required and other factors applied. These may
consist of environmental issues such as poor visibility, junctions,
speed of traffic, accident data, traffic flow or age of
Who manages the patrols?
The daily management, administration and
supervision of the service are carried out by a dedicated team of
three who train and supervise all School Crossing Patrols. They are
also responsible for risk assessments and ensuring engineering
measures are considered and undertaken wherever necessary.
How many Patrol sites are there in Worcestershire?
There are currently 96 sites across the
county, operating Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons during
Drivers must stop for School Crossing Patrols
It is an offence under the Road Traffic
Regulation Act 1984 if you do not stop when signalled to do so by a
School Crossing Patrol.
Rule 184 of the Highway Code says:
Drive slowly and be particularly
aware of young cyclists and pedestrians. In some places, there may
be a flashing amber signal below the 'SCHOOL' warning sign, which
tells you that there may be children crossing the road ahead. Drive
very slowly until you are clear of the area.
The possible penalties for failure to stop
- A fine up to £1,000
- Three penalty points on your
If travelling on the carriageway you can
support a School Crossing Patrol by:
- Approaching with caution
- Being prepared to stop
- Stopping if the School
Crossing Patrol is in the carriageway displaying the 'STOP' sign
(it is an offence under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 if you
do not stop when signalled to do so by a School Crossing
- Stopping a safe distance
- Not proceeding until the
School Crossing Patrol has returned to the pavement
You should drive with caution near schools
even if there is no crossing Patrol in operation.
Nursery and pre-school visits
The School Crossing Patrol Supervisor
organises visits to nurseries and pre-schools to encourage learning
through play. The theme of the visits is primarily about "People
that help us" and in particular outlining the role of the School
Crossing Patrol and the importance of holding a grownups hand when
out and about.
Would you like to join our team of dedicated School Crossing
The role of a School Crossing Patrol or as
they are more affectionately known, 'lollipop person', is not only
a very rewarding one, but one that is valued by the community.
If you would like to join our Team you could
- Good rate of pay
- Working Term Time only (38
weeks a year)
- Being on duty for 1 to 2
hours per day
- Working outdoors
- Becoming a valued member of
If you feel that this is the job for you
please check our current vacancies to see if there is a position
available in your area.
We are often looking for Relief Patrols that
are willing to be called upon at short notice, to cover permanent
staff that are suddenly taken ill or cannot attend their duty for
You may apply by visiting our job
pages or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School Crossing Patrol Service can also be
contacted by telephoning Worcestershire HUB on 01905
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This page was last reviewed 23 December 2013 at 13:44.
The page is next due for review 21 June 2015.