Sefton has two Transitions Co-ordinators, who work with young people with learning disabilities aged 13-25 years, supporting them into adulthood through education, employment and volunteering opportunities.
Moving On is a great opportunity for young people with an SEN or disability age 14-25yrs to think about their future when they leave school. Along with their parents/carers and families they can find out about colleges, supported employment, volunteering, welfare rights, social service support, other local opportunities and much more.
What does the Transitions Service do?
The co-ordinators work on a multi-agency basis with the aim of providing information, advice and support to young people and their families throughout the transitions process.
The co-ordinators help young people and their families at each stage of transition. They can provide advice to help you understand what is happening, what your options are, and provide lots of information about services and opportunities for the future. They can also provide practical support by helping you visit these options so that you can make the right decisions about your future when the time comes to move on.
The co-ordinators ensure that all relevant health and social care needs are met, linking in with both children and adult social care teams, specialist health services including CAMHS and the Adult Learning Disability service. They promote and co-ordinate the completion of Person Centred Plans. They work closely with the Connexions service throughout the transitions process.
They also plan and arrange events such as meetings in schools for parents, ‘Moving On’ events showcasing further education and day opportunities, and hope to start a transitions forum for young people in the near future.
When does the transition process start?
Transition planning begins at Year 9 when the Transitions Co-ordinators start attending the young person’s annual education reviews. Future plans are made looking at opportunities including further education, living arrangements, leisure services, healthcare needs, day services and employment. The co-ordinators are available throughout the transitions process to support, guide, and assist families to ensure a seamless transition to adulthood.
They continue to track and plan with you into adulthood, involving attendance at college reviews and ensuring that appropriate plans are in place for when the young person completes college. The co-ordinators work closely with the Connexions service throughout.
Contacting the Transitions Co-ordinators
You can contact the Transitions Co-ordinators on the following: