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Transitions - preparing for adulthood

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.

The Transitions process

All assessments are undertaken at the right time to meet the needs of the individual young person. 

Transition planning

Effective person centred transition planning including the provision of advice, information and support, is essential to support individuals to prepare and reach their full potential and to achieve their aspirations.

This usually commences from school year nine, age 14 years old but can differ.  (Under the Children and Families Act 2014, children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) must start in year nine.

Transition assessment - potential outcomes

• support to access employment
• good health outcomes
• opportunities for further education and training
• promotion of independent living (choice and control over one’s life and housing options)
• social inclusion (friends, relationships and involvement in local communities
• empowering young people to reach their full potential

To achieve these outcomes we co-operate and engage with families, friends and the wider community and work together to achieve the best outcomes for young people and carers.

Preparing for Adulthood (PfA)

Young people want to have full lives with control of their support and choices about their futures. Sometimes this may be staying in the family home, sometimes this may include moving away to a new location to continue to develop their education.

There are three key strands of work:

  1. Development and implementation of good practice through the PfA Demonstration Sites 
  2. Best practice and information sharing
  3. Regional support in relation to all PfA outcomes and partnership working through events and networks 


Talent match

Facilitated through Dudley Hub via Dudley College. The aim of the Talent match service is to provide young people with support via various activities to increase self-confidence, instil optimism and encourage growth.


Connexions offer a wide range of support for young people and their families with regard to accessing education/employment and developing necessary skills to support this.

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. 

Further support:

Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust (BCPFT)

The BCPFT's vision is to improve health and wellbeing for people of all ages across the Black Country. They provide a range of specialist health services for people with learning disabilities in Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton. 

more on Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust (BCPFT) 

Continuing Health Assessment team

NHS 'Continuing Healthcare' is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals who are not in hospital and have been assessed as having a "primary health need".

For more information about the Continuing Healthcare process please visit the Dudley NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). You can also access the National Framework for Continuing Healthcare.

Personal Health Budgets

For local information contact Dudley CCG or find out more information on the NHS website on Personal Health Budgets.


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 National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI)

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.  

The NDTI Preparing for Adulthood organisation offer a range of programmes. One of which is Preparing for Adulthood, a useful resource for more information on person centred planning.

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,
    Ladies Walk,
    DY3 3UA

    Telephone: 01384 813252

  • Dudley CCG, Continuing Healthcare Team

    Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre,
    Venture Way,
    Brierley Hill,
    West Midlands,
    DY5 1RU

    Telephone: 01384 322777