Support services for children and young people with disabilities
Transition to adult services
Support for young people with a disability or long term health needs usually transfers from children's services to adult services when a young person reaches 18. Transition is the name used for this process and can be applied particularly to social care but also health services.
How transition works
As a young person approaches adulthood, children services will consider whether the young person will require support once they become 18. Information about the young person will be shared with adult services and in particular the Transitions Team. The young person and their carers will receive support and possibly an assessment to assist in developing transition plans.
The Transitions Team will be involved in deciding whether the young person will be eligible to receive social care support from adult services. If the young person is not eligible, the team will advise of other local services and agencies that may be able to assist.
The Transitions Team consists of an Assessment Officer, an Occupational Therapist, a Learning Disability Nurse, a Greenwich Mencap Transitions Worker and a Team Co-ordinator.
Transition planning is for the young person and should be about the things that are important to them. The young person must have every opportunity to communicate their needs.
Education, Health and Care Plans identify the aspirations and wishes of young people with special education needs, and their families. These are crucial to ensure there is a clear plan towards achieving outcomes for the young person.
Young people and their carers should be aware of the transition process throughtheir involvement with special education or social care.
However if you are concerned that you have not received this information, please contact the Children with Disabilities Team