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Transition planning step-by-step

The transition process for all young people with additional needs.

Step 1: Gather information

This should happen by age 13-14. Information is normally gathered by the young person’s school. They will ask the young person about their hopes and dreams for the future. 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 transition plan.

Download My Transition Passport (pdf) to record hopes and dreams

Download a Relationship Map (pdf) to identify who is important to the young person

Step 2: Make a transition plan

This should happen by age 13-14. One person will be identified to coordinate the creation of the transition plan. This could be someone from the young person’s school. The plan will record the young person’s hopes and dreams and adult outcomes. These outcomes will help make their hopes and dreams become a reality.

Adult outcomes will be grouped under the following headings; educationemploymentindependent livingcommunity inclusion and good health.

Step 3: Make adult social care services aware

This should happen by age 13-14. If the young person has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan they will automatically be recorded on our transition tracking system. If they are on our tracking system, our adult social care services will be notified that the young person might need help in the future. 

If the young person does not have an EHC plan, the young person’s school, parents or social care team should check they are recorded on our transition tracking system. 

Check by emailing the transition tracking team:

Step 4: Identify services who can support the young person

This should happen by age 14-16. Once adult outcomes are recorded in the transition plan (see Step 2), support services are identified which can help the young person reach their adult outcomes. Support services will normally be a combination of universal, targeted and specialist services.

Find universal services - search our Norfolk Community Directory

Find targeted and specialist services - Transitions Providers' Directory (pdf) 

At an appropriate time, parents/carers or a professional supporting the young person can make a referral to adult social care,further educationtraining providers and specialist adult health services.

Step 5: Review the plan

This is a continual process between the ages of 14-17. The transition plan will be reviewed at least yearly. This is to check that:

  • Adult outcomes still meet the hopes and dreams of the young person 
  • Any funded support is meeting these outcomes 

Additional universal, targeted and specialist services (see Step 4) will be considered, to meet the identified adult outcomes.

Step 6: Young person’s needs assessment

This should happen when it makes the most impact, between the ages of 14-17. Assessments are carried out by adult social care and specialist health teams. They consider how current and future support provision could be merged, to meet the identified adult outcomes in the transition plan. The assessments are used to decide whether the young person gets a care and support plan.

What happens at an assessment

What is a care and support plan?

Step 7: Move on from school

This can happen between the ages of 16-19. The young person will move onto:

  • A college, training, work or a day service placement
  • New accommodation 
  • New health and social care professional support

Find out more about life post 16

Step 8: Meet specialist needs

This can happen between the ages of 18-25. If the adult social care and health assessments (see Step 6) have identified an unmet adult outcome, 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.

Personal budgets and direct payments

Personal health budget

Step 9: Access universal services

This will happen between the ages of 18-25. All young adults will be supported to access universal services.

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

Find universal services -  search our Norfolk Community Directory

Step 10: Review the plan 

This 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.

Reviewing care needs

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