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 have been gathered together by the young person’s school in readiness a professionals meeting called “Preparation for Adulthood”.

The school will ask the young person about their hopes and aspirations for their future and an outline of their needs.
Information will also be gathered from people who are important to them. This includes their parents and education, health and social care professionals.

The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) will bring the information that has been gathered in Step 1 to the Preparation For Adulthood Group. The people at this group are from will be from Education, Health and Adult and Children’s Social Care.  .

The SENCO will bring the information including the young persons’ needs and aspirations for their adult life.. These outcomes will help the group to decide who will be best to support the young person into Adulthood and, where appropriate, what would be the pathway into Adult Social Care.

The outcomes will include education, employment, health and wellbeing, where the young person wants to live and inclusion in their community.

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

See Step 8 for Universal Services information. The School or college will talk through the next steps of what will happen.

If a young person receives 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, to check that:

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

The Transition meetings are often joined up with the Child in Need Meetings Educational Health and Care Plan 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.

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 in Adult Social Care at around 16 and a half years. The Young Person and their family will be supported through the process by the Transitions Officer.

Further information can be found on the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website.

When a young person is around 17 years old, they will be supported to complete a Care Needs assessment.

The assessments are carried out by the Transitions Officer 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 support plan will be produced, linked to a personal budget or personal health budget. This will be linked to a personal budget or personal health budget.

See also:

Between the ages of 18-25 years old, all young adults are able to access universal services. These are services that anyone can access.

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

The Adult Information Service is a great place to start. It has lots of information about services in the communities across North Lincolnshire.

Reviewing a young adult’s 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.

Further Information

Contact Us

Children’s Disability Service

Brumby Learning Centre
Grange Lane North
DN16 1BN


Tel: 01724 407 988


Adult Information Service

Hewson House
Station Road
DN20 8XJ

Tel: 01724 296607



Last modified: April 2, 2019