Our transitions team work with young people (14-25) who have complex needs and a range of disabilities, and their carers, to support a smooth transition into adulthood.
The Care Act 2014 recognises that transition from Children to Adult Services comes at a time of significant change in a young person’s life. It aims to be seamless and at a point when we can be reasonably confident about a young person’s likely care needs when they reach 18.
You can find out more about the Care Act 2014 on the GOV.UK website.
All assessments are undertaken at the right time to meet the needs of the individual young person.
You may also with to read more on Special Educational Needs (SEND) and Health Care plans on the GOV.UK website, or further information on transition on the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
Many young people will have health needs that require specialist support so when completing transition assessment social workers are encouraged to involve health in the assessment process. This can include: GP's, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapists and clinicians.
If a young person/adult has been assessed as not having mental capacity to manage their own finances then support can be considered to ensure that their finances are well managed. You can find out more information on finance and money on the GOV.UK website or via our pages - direct payments and paying for care.
The NDTI (National Development Team for Inclusion) is a national organisation that support and promote the Preparing for Adulthood outcomes. It is a programme put together as part of the Delivering Better Outcomes Together consortium and aims to support young people to gain skills in order to support their transition into adulthood.
We will be continuing to work with the Department for Education and its partners to ensure that young people with SEND achieve paid employment, independent living and housing options, good health, friendships, relationships and community inclusion as they move into adulthood. View more on SEND Code of practice: 0-25 years.
Dudley Transitions Team
Ladies Walk Health and Social Care Centre,
Complex and Inclusion Service,
Telephone: 01384 813252
Dudley CCG, Continuing Healthcare Team
Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre,
Telephone: 01384 322777