Transitions - Step by Step

This is a step by step guide to the Transition Process. This is the process for all children and young people with additional needs.

By age of 14, information will be gathered together by the young person’s school to be ready for a professionals meeting called “Preparation for Adulthood”.

The school will ask the young person about their hopes and dreams for the future and an outline of their needs.

Information and reports will also be gathered from people who are important to them. This includes their parents and education, health and social care professionals.

All this information will be used to create a picture of what you might need as an adult ready for the Preparation for Adulthood Group.

By the age of 14-15, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) from your child’s school should bring the information that has been gathered in Step 1 to the Preparation For Adulthood Group. The people at this group are from other schools and colleges, Health, Learning Disability Teams, Visual and Hearing Impairment teams, a representative from the different services within Adult Services, Social Workers, Children Disability Services, Education Inclusion and many more.

The SENCO will bring the information including the adult outcomes that have been discussed. These outcomes will help the group to decide who will be best to support the young person into Adulthood and which pathway into Adult Services is most appropriate.

The outcomes should cover education, employment, health and wellbeing, where you want to live and inclusion in your community.

By the age of 14-16 the outcomes will have been recorded in the Preparation for Adulthood meeting, support services will be identified which will help the young person to reach their adult potential. Support services will normally be a combination of universal, targeted and specialist services.

See Step 8 for Universal Services information. Your School or college will talk you through the next steps of what will happen and how you will get support from these Services.

If you receive support from the Complex Disability Team this is a continual process between the ages of 14-18. The transitions meetings will be reviewed at least yearly. This is to check that:

  • The adult plans still meet the hopes and dreams of the young person
  • Any funded support is meeting these outcomes.

The Transition meetings are often joined up with the Child in Need Meetings, EHCP reviews and school/college meetings.

Parents and carers are offered the opportunity to receive a Carers’ Assessment. This is to make sure that the people supporting the young person are also looked after.  For more information, contact the Carers’ Support Centre, Redcombe Lane, Brigg, DN20 8AU. Email:

This should happen in preparation for the young person turning 18. The Checklist which is the initial screening tool for NHS funding will be considered by the Transitions Officer at around 16 and a half years. The Young Person and their family will be talked through the process thoroughly by the Transitions Officer.

Further information can be found on the CCG website.

When a young person is around 17 years old, they should complete a Care Needs assessment.

The assessments are carried out by the Transitions Officer in adult social care or the Case Manager at the NHS CCG. They will think about  how current and future support provision could be merged, to meet the identified adult plans discussed during the Transitions Meetings. The assessments are used to decide whether the young person needs a care and support plan.

Around the age of 18 years old, if the adult social care and health assessments (see Step 6) have found that any of the adult outcomes have not been met, i.e. the young person or their carers could not meet the identified need, a funded support plan will be produced. This will be linked to a personal budget or personal health budget.

See also:

  • Personal Budgets and Direct Payments
  • Personal Health Budget

Between the ages of 18-25 years old, all young adults will be supported to access universal services. These are services that anyone can access for help and support.

Young adults who do not qualify for funded health or social care services, continue to receive advice and guidance from education professionals, training providers, voluntary organisations and statutory services available to care leavers.

The Carers’ Support Centre is a great place to start. They have lots of information about services in the communities across North Lincolnshire.

Reviewing the plan is a continual process between the ages of 18-25. It is important that any education, specialist health or social care plan continues to provide the right adult outcomes for the young person. Plans will be reviewed at least annually to make sure the right provision is in place.

Contact Us

Children’s Disability Service

Brumby Learning Centre
Grange Lane North
DN16 1BN


Tel: 01724 407 988


Carers’ Support Service

Redcombe Lane


North Lincolnshire

DN20 8AU

Tel: 01652 650585



Further Information

Last modified: January 8, 2019