The transition process for all young people with additional needs.
Think about your main goals and wishes and the outcomes you’d like in education and employment, independent living, good health, being part of your community, friends and relationships. If you have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) these should be recorded at your Year 9 review. You may have a worker from the Preparing for Adult Life (PfAL) team. If you do, they’ll also help you.
Now that you know what needs to happen and where you’re headed, make sure that everyone knows what they need to do to help you achieve your goals. This plan may include tasks for you, your family or carers, and professionals that work with you, such as your teachers at school, or a social worker if you have one.
Make sure that organisations such as schools, further education, training providers, social care teams, or health departments know who you are and that you might need some support. Your school, EHCP co-ordinator or Preparing for Adult Life (PfAL) worker, can help you with this. Regular reviews should check that progress is being made.
Formal assessments take place at the time of ‘significant benefit’ to understand what needs you will have as an adult, and how adult services in health, education, social care and others can support you to meet these. A plan will be made to ensure there are no gaps in the help you receive.
If you qualify for specialist support because of a health or social care need, you will have a personal budget or personal health budget that details the adult support you will get. This will have been assessed and set up for you before you were 18, as part of Step 6: Understanding your needs.
Remember that there are lots of mainstream, universal or voluntary organisations that can provide you with help and support if you don’t qualify for specialist services. Your college or training provider can help connect you with these, or visit the Norfolk Community Directory for more information.