Transition Service


The term “Transitions” describes how we support young people with SEND to move from:

  • Children’s Services to
  • Services offering support when you turn 18 (Adult Care services)

Preparing for Adulthood in Transitions is a specialist disability service. We offer advice, guidance and support to disabled young people who are moving from Children’s Services to Adult Social Care.

Young people and their families can feel confused when moving from Children’s Services to Adult Services. For example:

  • There may not be a single equivalent service to support you after making the change from Children’s Services to Adult Care.
  • Adult Services will see you as an independent adult capable of making decisions, consenting to services and sharing information about yourself with other people. Planning and preparing early will help make it a more positive experience. And it will also help build confidence and independence for moving to Adults Services.
  • This change can be difficult to adjust to.

How the Complex Disability Team can help

The Complex Disability Team – Transitions Officer and Children’s Services work in partnership with young people (with a range of disabilities/complex health needs) and their families to start the planning for this change from year 9 (age 13 or 14) at the latest.

For many young people, transition plans will be part of their Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP).

How the Transition Officer will support you

A transition worker will support you, and they will take on a coordinating role. They will also act as a link to other professionals and provide advice and information to meet your needs and to look at all aspects of your life, care and support needs.

This procedure is based on a ‘person centred’ approach. The person centred approach means that we focus on your needs at every stage of moving from Children’s to Adult Care.

We will focus on your needs. And your choices and preferences lead planning where possible.

We will review and update your “person centred” plan every year. A meeting will take place with you and your family / circle of support. We can meet in person or by telephone.

The Transitions Officer considers each of the Preparing for Adult outcomes when supporting you to plan and set your goals: These outcomes are a set of expectations set out by legislation and are as follows:

Assessments for Adult Services

North Lincolnshire Council must assess:

  • a young person
  • young carer, or
  • an adult caring for a child

if they have needs when they, or the child they care for, turns 18.

The council will assess you if there is a significant benefit to you. This is regardless of whether you currently receive any services.

A young person’s eligibility for adult services should be established when they are 16 years old, and no later than 17 and a half. This depends on the level and complexity of need and planning required.

Eligibility criteria

Some indicators of eligibility for supporting young people moving from Children’s to Adult Social Care are:

The young person is disabled and:

  • has a Statement of Special Education Needs, or an Education Health and Care Plan, and has been assessed as having severe learning difficulties and/or autism, a physical or sensory impairment, or a mental health problem


  • is “Looked After” and has a Statement of Special Education Needs or Education Health and Care Plan identifying them as having learning difficulties, physical disability or sensory impairments which would mean that they would be deemed to be vulnerable as young adults
  • is a care leaver and whose continuing needs will require referral on to Adult Services
  • receives a service from the council’s Social Care Services or Disabled Children’s Team

Adult Services will usually provide the support you require when you turn 18.

Between the ages of 16 and 18, you will start a ‘transition’ to Adult Services. This should involve all the services that can support you if you have more than one set of needs. For example:

  • health and social care
  • mental health
  • education
  • financial benefits for the young person and their family
  • work
  • housing
  • relationships
  • Transition, and moving from one service to another, should be an ongoing process rather than a single event. And it should be tailored to your needs.

What is a young carer?

A young carer is a person under 18 years old who regularly cares for a family member with:

  • a physical disability
  • mental health problem
  • drug or alcohol problem

Their day-to-day responsibilities might include:

  • cooking
  • cleaning
  • nursing
  • personal care
  • shopping
  • childcare for siblings
  • giving emotional support to the adult they care for

Children are often very happy to help their parent or family member and it can be very positive. However, children also have the right to be looked after, and to have their own time to play, develop and learn.

We aim to reduce the most negative effects that some young carers experience. We recognise that those young carers who are well adapted to their caring role may also benefit from support and time out.

Caring (whether young or old) can carry a cost in terms of:

  • emotional stress
  • financial pressure
  • damaging relationships
  • experiencing social isolation

We may carry out a Referral if the level of care giving and responsibility to the person in need of care significantly affects the young person in any way.

What can we provide?

An assessment of the young person’s needs in relation to the care they provide:

  • help to find the right support for the young carer and their family
  • group activities and opportunities to have a break from caring

Meeting a new team 

Transition (moving from) children services to adult services will mean a young person may start seeing a different team. This may cause anxiety for a young person as the teams they know and are used to working with, change. Therefore, it is important everyone involved understands the process, and feels supported and prepared to try to ensure that changes are as smooth as possible. There should be a detailed exchange of information between the teams.

What else can we provide?

  • Support to make new friendships and relationships
  • Transitional planning and education advice for parents about what moving from children’s service to adult care support involves
  • Monetary benefits for the young person and their family
  • Support in moving from school into work
  • Supported Housing
  • We work with schools, colleges and other agencies to raise awareness about young people and young carers, including how to identify and support them effectively.

Watch our video, preparing for adulthood

Further Information

Contact Us

Children’s Disability Service

Brumby Learning Centre
Grange Lane North
DN16 1BN


Tel: 01724 407 988

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Last modified: July 24, 2019