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Transitions - Preparing for Adulthood

The Dudley Transitions team work with young people (from 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

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 a local authority can be reasonably confident about a young person’s likely care needs when they reach 18 years old.

You can find out more about the Care Act 2014 on the GOV.UK website.

The Transitions process

All assessments need to be 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

The potential outcomes of a good Transition Assessment for the young person:
• 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 the Care Act 2014 places a duty on professionals from a range of agencies to co-operate and engage with families, friends and the wider community to work together to achieve the best outcomes for young people and carers.

Preparing for Adulthood

The preparing for Adulthood outcomes are based on what disabled young people say is important to them. 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


The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI)

The NDTI (National Development Team for Inclusion) are 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. It 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. 

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.

Key legislations

  • Equality Act 2010
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Care Act 2014
  • Children and Families Act 2014 (including the SEND Reforms)
  • Autism Act 2009
  • Mental Health Act 1983, 2007
  • Childrens Act 1989, 2004
  • Education Act 2011
  • SEND 0 - 25 years - Code of Practice 2014
  • Dudley Transitions Team
    Ladies Walk Health and Social Care Centre,
    Complex and Inclusion Service,
    Ladies Walk,
    DY3 3UA

    Telephone: 01384 813252