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Young people and transition to adult life

Moving on: planning for disabled young people aged 14+ and their families

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Transition can be any period of change in a person's life. For a young person with a disability or a long-term health condition it is the time when he/she moves towards adulthood.

Each individual may be ready for this transition at different ages, however from a legal perspective a young person is considered an adult at 18 years of age.

To ensure that this process is successful, transition planning is important and can start as early as 14 years of age.

Transition Unit
The Transition Unit is a multi agency team with a Connexions Personal Adviser, a Social Worker from the Children with Disabilities team (CWDT), a Care Manager from the Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (SCTPLD) and a School Nurse Specialist Practitioner.

The team, along with colleagues, works closely with families and young people to support them through this transition period. The parent/carers fact sheet 'Guide to Transition' provides more details on the support offered.

The team also links up with a range of other agencies and teams including the three community teams for people with physical disabilities, SEN team and mental health team.

If you require a service throughout the transition period, referrals are through the most appropriate team:

  • Up to 18 years old via Connexions and/or CWDT.
  • Post 18 via community teams for Learning Disability or Physical Disability, or via your GP for Mental Health input.

Fact Sheets for Parents/Carers by LBS

A number of fact sheets have been produced to support parents and carers through transition.

Guide to Transition:

Contact details

Connexions: 02086426442
Children With Disability Team: 0208 7704690
Sutton Community Team People Learning Disabilities: 0208 770 4981