We undertake, on behalf of Kent County Council (KCC), all the administration processes for Road Crossing Patrols (RCPs) employed by the authority. This includes advice to Headteachers on the recruitment and subsequent employment of RCPs.
If at any time you have any employment relations issues relating to a RCP in your school, an SPS consultant is available to advise and support you. As consultants will normally be advising Headteachers on behalf of KCC there will be no cost to you.
The Road Traffic Patrol
The Road Transport Act 2000 (section 270) gives KCC the power to appoint RCPs.RCPs are employees of KCC and any subsequent salary, or associated costs, are charged to the authority. On a day-to-day basis however, Headteachers are responsible for the line management of the school crossing patrol including:
An RCP is only legally entitled to stop traffic if:
Headteachers must ensure that the role of school crossing patrol is never allocated to anyone who has not been issued with a warrant card and had the required training. If, for whatever reason, the crossing patrol cannot operate for a period of two days or more, you should inform parents in writing to enable them to make an informed decision about how their children travel to school.
We suggest that you recruit a relief RCP for your school, who can be available when the substantive crossing patrol person is unavailable. This individual could be a current member of staff at the school. Whoever the school appoints must be issued with a warrant card by SPS and undertake the required training. They must have access to any standard safety equipment before they undertake any RCP duties.
Subsequent to their initial training KCC's road safety team will monitor all RCPs on an annual basis and in order to ensure a fair and accurate appraisal they will not be informed of the date when monitoring will take place. The road safety team will relay their observations to you, divisional officers, the police or to us as necessary.
For any queries please contact Frank Joyce at Frank.Joyce@kent.gov.uk