Services for 14 to 25 year olds with disabilities
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.