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School Crossing Patrol Service

Dudley's service has around 100 patrols, including mobile patrols who provide absence cover.

The need to ensure the safety of children, especially on their journeys to and from school is paramount to the Council’s aims of reducing road traffic casualties whilst encouraging active travel. The school crossing patrol service plays a vital role in delivering these aims.

All sites for School Crossing Patrols are assessed using strict criteria to ensure the provision is justified. The deployment policy can be viewed in the related documents section.

How do I cross with a School Crossing Patrol

School Crossing Patrols (lollipop ladies / men) are one of only three groups of people who are allowed to stop traffic, the others being traffic wardens and police officers. Only trained SCPs may use a “lollipop”, and they must operate at a designated site. SCPs can cross adults and children across the road.

Rules for crossing with a SCP:

  1. Walk on the pavement to the SCP
  2. Tell them you would like to cross
  3. Wait away from the kerb, on the pavement
  4. Stay on the pavement while the SCP checks it is safe and walks into the road
  5. Cross when the SCP says you can
  6. Walk across the road in a straight line (do not run)
  7. Cross in front of the SCP
  8. If you are on a bike, push it across the road
  9. Say thank you!

Some SCPs work on zebra / pelican / puffin crossings – at these locations the same rules apply. When a SCP is on duty at a light controlled crossing, members of the public should wait for them to press the button.

Remember: even where a school crossing patrol is provided, parents remain responsible for ensuring their children’s safety.

The Law

Dudley's School Crossing Patrol Service is provided under Section 26 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984.

School crossing patrols can by law stop traffic for any pedestrian to cross the road. Any motorist failing to stop when requested by a school crossing patrol is committing an offence and will be reported to the police for prosecution.

Could you be a school crossing patrol?

We are always looking for suitable people for this worthwhile role - current vacancies can be viewed on the WM Jobs website, along with the full job description and person specification.

We look for reliable and caring people:

  • over 18 years old
  • with good eyesight and hearing
  • who can pass our medical and DBS checks
  • able to work for about half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the afternoon on all school days

Dudley Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; therefore this post is subject to medical clearance and an enhanced DBS check.

How do I request and School Crossing Patrol?

Following a request we will survey the area to see if it meets the criteria which includes a vehicle and pedestrian count.

Please note: School Crossing Patrols will only be provided in areas where the vehicle and pedestrian count meets the criteria. Existing sites are reviewed periodically, and where they no longer meet the criteria will be disestablished in line with the deployment policy.

Please download and complete the appropriate Word or PDF version of the application form first from the options below. Once done, submit your completed application form and other relevant documentation using the online form.

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