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Preparing for Adulthood

The Children and Families Draft Bill promotes a person centred (holistic) approach to transitions and development of a Transitions Pathway.

The Children and Families Act 2014 promotes a person centred/holistic approach to transitions in preparation for adulthood. This strand of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms is primarily aimed at children/young people and their families as they move into adulthood. The focus is on young people aged 14 to 25 years old; however it does require a cultural shift in thinking for those working with younger children in early years and through significant change points/events in their lives.

In Lincolnshire; we have a transitions working group which has varied representation from parents, education, health and social care professions as well as voluntary organisations. Our key principle is ensuring that co production and the voice of the child/young person/family is embedded into all future processes. The group has been working closely with its members in the production of a transitions pathway and timeline which will sit within the Local Offer. Engagement sessions have been undertaken with children, young people and their families. The information we have gained is being used to inform and develop transitions planning.

In Lincolnshire we are advocating for three models of best practice which will enable transitions planning and process to be a more seamless and positive experience for children/young people and their families. Transitions planning will be based on ‘Getting a Life Pathway’ which focuses on four pathways including good health, employment, independent living/housing, and friends/relationships and community. The pathway encompasses an outcome based approach to planning which will enable the child/young person to realistically plan for the future. Person centred planning and Circles of Support are the underlying principles of transitions planning which will foster the development of a shared vision of improved life chances and raising aspirations for children and young people. The model of Supported Internship is also being promoted to ensure that children and young people with special educational needs and disability will be engaged in discussions and preparation for the possibility of meaningful employment in the community.


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Last updated: 16 February 2015

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