Preparing for adulthood – how can we help

Adult Social Care transitions

The Transitions Service works in partnership with a range of local services and agencies including children’s services, education, health and housing services to provide information, advice and support to help disabled young people develop a transitions pathway and prepare for life as they become an adult. The service aims to:

  • support people to ‘get a life - not a service’ with suitable care and support
  • support people to make a contribution to the communities in which they live
  • enable people to access universal and natural support
  • encourage people to achieve their goals and ambitions
  • support people in achieving a healthy lifestyle
  • treat people as partners, with dignity and respect
  • enable and support people to be safe but not restricted
  • help people to develop networks in their local area

Our approach to adult transitions aims to challenge preconceptions around the abilities of young people with special educational needs and disabilities and recognise that every young person is an individual with unique skills, abilities and aspirations.

Transitions pathway

A Transitions pathway is designed around the individual needs, aims and ambitions of each young person with special educational needs and disabilities.

This aims to ensure the right level of care and support is arranged along with securing opportunities for learning and education, training, employment, social and leisure activities, and independent living.

This helps young people to choose the care they want, and say how they want to live and what they want to achieve.

Key elements of the transitions pathway are:

  • raising aspirations - every young person is encouraged to exceed their own and other people’s expectations of them
  • inclusion - young people are automatically 'included' rather than 'excluded' by improving awareness of what they can offer to their local community and prospective employers
  • transparency - young people, their parents and carers, and wider agencies take ownership of implementing the transition pathway and work together to meet outcomes
  • communication - all agencies are involved in a young person's transition review process and relevant information is shared to improve outcomes whilst observing safeguarding protocols
  • early intervention – all young people will begin transition at age 14 with the support of all agencies to plan access to universal and specialist support, and provide information and advice so that young people and their families can fully engage in the process
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