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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.

Contact Details

If you would like any further information please contact:

Learning disability transition

Alison Toolan e-mail:

Young people with physical disability or health needs transition

Kath Hingston e-mail: