I was all for not worrying about an escort, but I was told by my SW it was better to apply because it would be hard to get one later. The SEN officer told her that nearly all children have escorts, at least in the early years of secondary school. In the end, it became clear that DD did need one (and the LA helpfully decreed that it should be me, because a full-time job is obviously not enough for me). Is snooz going in a taxi or in a minibus? I think the minibuses always have escorts, and if there is more than one child in a taxi I would also expect there to be an escort.
Mum to DD (16), clinging on to education, and a slightly traumatised cat.
I think there should be two adults at least to one or more pupils due to risk if there is only ever one adult present. The risk being an inappropriate adult!
Mum to AS Big Fish (19, 16 years at home) and AS Little Minnow (13, almost 6 years at home), came separately, and now a wonderful, feisty horse who lets me escape from kids with attitude and the drudgery of disability services and a top of the range adapted van provided by the council fulfilling their legal requirements!
LO has an escort in her taxi. Initially we had a service commissioned by the LA and the escorts were amazing; both Grandma types who would sing and read and play games with her. They bought her small gifts and everyone was happy. Unfortunately they've now outsourced the service to a private taxi firm and the escorts aren't as good. I wouldn't be happy with her travelling with just one adult however.
I thought they had to have escorts - I'm surprised to hear otherwise. Bottom line it's a safe guarding issue - on both sides. An adult shouldn't be alone with someone else's child as they could he vulnerable to accusations (and obvious risks for child). Also common sense would suggest that a driver can't easily pay attention to a child's needs in the middle of a journey and driving safety could be compromised too.