Services for 14 to 25 year olds with disabilities


Transitions Team

Our Transitions Team provides support and guidance to young people with complex needs and disabilities between the ages of 14 and 25 years old.

The team will support the young person, and their family, as they start to become more independent and plan for the future.

The service focuses on:

  • Transition assessment and planning for young people with an education, health and care (EHC) plan EHC plans they prepare for adulthood
  • Active involvement of young people and their families in the planning and decision process concerning their future
  • Raising aspirations and focusing on key areas such as employment, independent living, community participation, relationships, health and wellbeing
  • Providing information and advocacy if required to ensure that young people are able to express their views and are supported to take part in decision-making.

What the service does

The team works with the young person, their family and other support services, to develop a person-centred transitions plan.
This is a plan which sets out the care and support the young person will need to enable them to have better life outcomes, including:

  • Good health and wellbeing
  • Education and/or employment
  • Independent living
  • Participating in society

Transition planning in schools must begin in Year 9 for children and young people with an EHC plan, although we recommend that it is also started at the same time for other pupils, regardless of whether they have an EHC plan or not.

Parents and young people should be central to the whole process and their EHC plan or statement of special educational needs must be reviewed and updated every year. 

Transition planning is a continuous and evolving process and must carry on until the young the young person leaves school. Any significant changes that impact on the life of the young person – moving school/home or the loss of a loved one for example - should also be accurately recorded.




If you are aged 14 to 17, you will be eligible for an assessment from the Transitions Team if you:

  • live in or originate from Brent
  • are identified as a disabled young person with severe and complex needs, whose support into adulthood and transfer to adult social care requires careful co-ordination
  • have learning or physical disabilities, complex health needs and/or have palliative life limiting or life threatening conditions.

If you are aged 18-25, you will be eligible for an assessment from the Transitions Team if you meet the criteria set out above for 14 to 17 year olds, and you are in full time education.
If you are aged 18 - 25 and you are not in full-time education, you should contact our Adult Learning Disability Team on 020 8937 4300 or contact us online.




The assessment process

A transitions assessment and plan is carried out for young people who have transferred to the service from the Children with Disabilities Team.

For new referrals, an allocated officer from the Transitions Team will carry out an assessment of your child's needs and the help you need as a parent to care for them. Any support that is offered is always focused on individual needs and the particular circumstances of your family.

The following are all taken into consideration as part of our assessment process:

  • the extent of the young person’s disability and how it impacts on their daily life
  • the young person’s strengths/abilities
  • the impact of the young person’s disability on being able to care for themselves and keep safe
  • the impact of the young person’s disability on family life
  • the wishes of the young person and their family
  • the number of children or caring responsibilities the parent/s may have in addition to their disabled child
  • the amount of support from within the immediate family, extended family and community
  • disability related benefits that that the family are in receipt of to assist with the care of the disabled young person
  • information from professionals involved with the young person such as their school, college, GP or paediatrician.

If a young person is aged between 18 and 25 years old it is a statutory requirement under the Care Act 2014 that we also carry out a carer's assessment to identify the carer's needs.

If you are looking after a young person aged between 14 and 18 years old your needs can also be considered, although a carer's assessment is not a legal requirement.

For further information talk to your allocated social worker or contact Brent Carer’s Centre.

Please note that the Children with Disabilities and Transitions teams do not carry out special educational needs assessments. These are completed by the Special Educational Needs Assessment Service (SENAS)


How to make a referral

The majority of young people that the Transitions Team works with are transferred from the Brent Children with Disabilities Team on their 14th birthday as a continuation of service.

New referrals to the team for young people aged 14 to 18 can be made by parents and professionals. Please email Brent Family Front Door at or call 020 8937 4300. Professionals will need to complete an Early Help Assessment for the young person they are referring.

New referrals to the service for young people aged 18 and above and who are in full time education can be made on our online contact form or calling 020 8937 4300.

New referrals for young person who are not in full time education should be made to Adult Social Care. An initial assessment will be carried out and if the young person is eligibility to receive services, the appropriate team will be identified to provide support. Young people who do not meet the eligibility criteria will be given information and advice and signposted to appropriate services. Email or call 020 8937 4300.

Support available

Support your child may receive

Following an assessment of your child's needs, you may receive help including universal, target or specialist support.

Universal support

Universal services are available to everyone. No assessment is necessary and most disabled children and young people will have their needs met by them.

They include NHS services, which you can access through your GP and schools, and leisure and short breaks provision.

For help and support accessing these services contact Brent’s Children and Families Information Service by email at or call 020 8937 3001 between 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

Targeted support

Targeted services are provided for young people who require further support following an assessment or a referral from a professional.

Targeted support services include:

Specialist support

Specialist services provide a more intensive level of support and intervention. To use a specialist service, a child or young person’s disability must be permanent and substantial and have a negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities.

Children and young people are considered to have complex needs if their parents or carers are unable to provide all their necessary care due to:

  • profound disabilities
  • life threatening conditions
  • safeguarding issues

A child and family assessment will be carried out to determine the level of support that is required to meet the needs of the child and their family.

Specialist support services include: