Preparing for Adulthood
Young people with disabilities have similar expectations to non-disabled young people when they think about their future. As they become adults, they expect to go to work or college, have a social life, continue their hobbies and have relationships. They also realise that growing up involves emotional changes as well as making choices about how they will live their lives.
The transition from children’s to adults’ services needs careful planning to make sure services take into account the practical, social and emotional changes in the young person’s life.
The process of transition planning to adult life starts at age 14 as part of the year 9 transition review and can continue until the age of 25. It has to be a flexible process to meet individual needs of all young people.
There are five key areas we look at when planning transition:
1. Working in partnership
Professionals and services will work together in order to deliver effective services and support.
2. Involving young people and their families
Young people and their families will be involved in their own transition process to allow them control and make sure they get the support they need.
3. Providing suitable information
Information will be provided in a clear and accessible way to ensure that young people and their families are aware of what should be happening at each stage and who is responsible for providing support.
4. Person centred planning
Transition planning will make sure the young person is at the centre of any plans made to support them and that these plans are developed around their aspirations.
5. Opportunities for living life
Disabled young people must have the chance to live a fulfilled life with a range of opportunities involving employment, education, youth and leisure services.
If you would like any further information please contact:
Learning disability transition
Alison Toolan e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young people with physical disability or health needs transition
Kath Hingston e-mail: email@example.com
Transitions - information and guidance
- Travelling to the future [pdf]
- My Adult - Still My Child: A guide for parent / carers of adults (16+) who may not be able to make decisions
- Parent and carer transition pack [pdf]
- NICE guide to transition [external website link]
- Decision Making Toolkit - A practical guide to supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities to make their own decisions and to be engaged in the best interests decision making process [opens in new window]
Annual review documents (post 16)
Person shaped support
SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities) information and guidance
- Visit our Information, advice and guidance section for SEND related documents and guides [opens in new window]
- Warrington Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual [opens in new window]
- Warrington Safeguarding Adults Board Policies and Procedures [opens in new window]