Transitions - Step by Step

The term “Transitions” describes how we support young people with SEND to move from:

  • Children and Families to
  • Services offering support when you turn 18.

The Transition Process (Preparing for Adulthood)

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

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.

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 is the best person to support you into adulthood.

The group will discuss plans for your:

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

From 14 to 16 years old

Between 14 and 16 years of age, you will be working on your EHC plan and recorded your outcomes.

This will help you reach your adult potential.

The school or college will let you know what additional support you may require to meet these outcomes.

See Step 8 for Universal Services information.

From 14 to 18 years old

From about 14 preparation for adulthood meetings will take place at least annually, and increase the nearer you get to 18 to check that:

  • the adult care and support plans still meet your hopes and aspirations
  • any support requiring funding 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 contact:

The Carers’ Support Centre
Redcombe Lane
DN20 8AU


Your preparation for adulthood meetings will join up with the:

  • Educational Health and Care Plan reviews

and may join up with:

  • Child in Need Meetings
  • School/college meetings

From 16 years old

A checklist for continuing healthcare eligibility will be considered in preparation for when you turn 18.

The Checklist is the initial screening tool for NHS funding.

You and your family will be supported through the process.

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

From 17 years old

If  required, you will be supported to complete a Adult Care Needs assessment by the Complex Disability Team.

This will look at how current and future support provision might merge to meet identified adult plans discussed during your EHCP reviews.

The assessments help them decide whether you need an Adult care and support plan to work alongside your EHCP or to continue if your EHCP ends.

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 care and support plan if:

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

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

See also:

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.

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
  • care and support plan

continues to provide the right outcomes for you.

Plans will be reviewed at least annually.

Further Information

Children’s Disability

Brumby Learning Centre
Grange Lane North
DN16 1BN 

01724 407 988

Information and support for adults

Last modified: August 25, 2023