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School Crossing Patrols

The Lincolnshire School Crossing Patrol Service is managed by the Road Safety Service Delivery Manager and operated within the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership. The County Council approved the policy on this service on 10 February 2003.

Legal Framework

The County Council is the Authority which, under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, may but is not required to provide arrangements for the patrolling of sites where children cross roads to and from school. However, it is clear within that legislation that even where a school crossing patrol (SCP) is provided, parents and carers retain the responsibility for ensuring their children's safety on that journey, whether to or from school. The SCP is not responsible for any child whose parents have, for example, failed to collect the child at the end of the day.


School Crossing Patrols are restricted to schools responsible for children between the ages of 5-11 years and categorised as infant, junior or primary. This policy applies to all schools regardless of establishment or status.


The budget for the School Crossing Patrol service is provided by the County Council and covers salaries, clothing, equipment and associated training costs.


Any adult may apply to become a school crossing patrol.

Applicants must be in general good health and able to operate as a School Crossing Patrol in all weather conditions. Predominantly local residents apply for site vacancies due to the need to be on site for relatively short periods at the start and end of the school day, however local residency is not a requirement. Experience with children is desirable and applicants must demonstrate a minimum level of potential competence but full training is provided. All uniform and equipment is supplied.

The normal working week is during term time only and is restricted to the opening and closing times of a particular school.

The total hours of work vary by site, usually between 5 and 10 hours per week.

All SCP positions are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

For further enquiries, please contact the Road Safety Service Delivery Manager at Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.  


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Last updated: 6 June 2017

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