Children who need additional support

Transition is what we call the journey from being a child to being an adult. Although it is a process of change and can be a period of uncertainty for young people and their parents or carers, it can also be a time of excitement and opportunity.  Young people may be leaving school and considering their plans for the future in terms of employment, training or further education.

The Transitions process seeks to ensure that young people and their families/carers remain fully informed and involved in the process so they are enabled to have as much choice and control as possible. In some cases, we can refer a young person to independent advocacy to support them through their Care Act assessment. This way, the young person can have their views represented for them which will  help to reflect their dreams and aspirations as they see them.

From the age of 14 the Children’s and Young People Disability Service will support the young person and their families with their preparation towards adulthood. The team will continue to provide services but work will focus on their current and future needs and consider the most appropriate pathway for services post 18. 

If the young person is between the ages of 18-25 and has not accessed support from the Children’s and Young People’s Disability Service previously,  you should get in touch with the Adults Social Care Assessment Team on 0208 770 6080 or email

Visit the national programme 'Preparing for Adulthood' website for more useful information (external link)