Disabled Children's Services

Young people and transition to adult life

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 and may continue until the age of 25.

Transition Unit

The Transition Unit is a multi agency team, with two Social Workers from the Children with Disabilities team and two social workers from the adult Transition Unit.

The team, along with colleagues, works closely with families and young people to support them through this transition period.

The team also links up with a range of other agencies and teams including the two locality 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 through Access Point/Children with Disabilities Team - 020 8770 4690 or accesspoint@sutton.gov.uk
  • Post 18 via Contact Point - 020 8770 6080 for the community teams for Learning Disability or Physical Disability, or via your GP for Mental Health Support.

Contact Details

  • For children under 18 - AccessPoint: 020 8770 4690 or accesspoint@sutton.gov.uk
  • For services when a young person is approaching 18: Contact Point: 020 8770 6080
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