Transitions - Step by Step

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)

The Transition Process

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

Transitions from 14 years old

By the time you are 14 years old, your school will have gathered information about you.

The school will ask you about your hopes and dreams for the future. They will also ask you about any needs you have.

People who are important to you will share information about you. This includes your parents and education, health and social care professionals.

Professionals will share this information at a Preparation for Adulthood meeting.

Transitions from 14 years old

Your Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) will bring the information gathered in Step 1 to the Preparation for Adulthood Group meeting.

The Preparation for Adulthood Group includes people from Education, Health, and Adult and Children’s Social Care.

The group will decide who will support you into Adulthood. They will also decide what the pathway into Adult Social Care will be (where appropriate).

The group will discuss plans for your:

  • education
  • employment
  • health and wellbeing
  • where you want to live
  • inclusion in the community

Transitions from 14 to 16 years old

By the time you are 14 to 16 years old the Preparation for Adulthood meeting will have recorded your outcomes. They identify support services where necessary.

These will help you reach your adult potential.

The school or college will let you know what will happen.

See Step 8 for Universal Services information.

Transitions from 14 to 18 years old

If you receive support from the Complex Disability Team, this will continue between the ages of 14 to 18.

The transitions meetings will take place at least annually to check that:

  • the adult plans still meet your hopes and aspirations
  • any required funded support is meeting these outcomes

Parents and carers have the opportunity to receive a Carers’ Assessment. The people supporting you also need looking after.

For more information please contactl

The Carers’ Support Centre
Redcombe Lane
DN20 8AU


The Transition meetings often join up with the:

  • Child in Need Meetings
  • Educational Health and Care Plan reviews
  • School/college meetings

Transitions from 16 years old

This should happen in preparation for when you turn 18.

The Checklist is the initial screening tool for NHS funding. The Transitions Officer in Adult Social Care will consider it when you are about 16 ½ years old.

The Transitions Officer will support you and your family through the process.

Take a look at the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website for further information

Transitions from 17 years old

You will receive support to complete a Care Needs assessment when you are about 17 years old.

The Transitions Officer or the Case Manager at the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group will carry out the assessment.

They look at how current and future support provision might merge to meet identified adult plans discussed during Transitions Meetings.

The assessments help them decide whether you need a care and support plan.

Transitions from 18 years old

When you are about 18 years old, we will check your adult social care and health assessments (see Step 6).

We will put together a support plan if:

  • your adult outcomes aren’t met, or
  • if you or your carers can’t meet identified needs

The support plan will link to a personal budget or personal health budget.

See also:

Transitions from 18 years old

From 18 to 25 years old you will be able to access universal services. These are services that anyone can access.

If you do not qualify for funded health or social care services, you will continue to receive advice and guidance from:

  • education professionals
  • training providers
  • voluntary organisations
  • statutory services available to care leavers

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

Transitions from 18 years old

Reviewing your plan is a continual process between the ages of 18 to 25.

It is important that any;

  • education
  • specialist health, or
  • social care plan

continues to provide the right outcomes for you.

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: July 24, 2019