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Transition to adulthood for young people with additional needs

It is important to help vulnerable young people to experience the same opportunities as other young people. Agencies endeavour to provide suitable services to enable young people to achieve their potentials. It is important to be mindful that each person’s journey may present different level of challenges and represent different needs.

Children and young people experience many important transitions in their lives. Supporting young people as they move into adulthood is complex and presents a challenging management task. The challenge requires leadership at the most senior levels of management to ensure frontline staff have the skills to support young people and their families, to listen to their views and raise their aspirations to achieve best outcomes within the limited resources.

Planning for transition should be a continuous process reflecting the principles set out in the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice (2001), which can usefully be applied to others who do not fall within the SEN Framework.

We believe that a person centred approach to planning and review is necessary and that we will consider how we commission local services to enable us to respond more appropriately to individual needs on the basis of these person-centred processes.

Slough Transition protocols apply to the transition from childhood to adulthood, usually commencing at age 14 years or in school year 9 and up to age 25 years for some young people.

Working in partnership with adult social services enables the identification of those young people who are likely to meet the eligibility criteria for adult social care when they are 18 years old.

Further information is available on Slough Borough Council website