What does transition involve?
The process is different for everybody, because it will depend on your child’s needs and your family’s circumstances. Each and every journey is as unique as your child, and needs to deliver outcomes that suit them – and you.
We will help plan the next move, which could include support to:
- continue living in the family home
- explore opportunities to move into their own home
- gradually move towards greater independence
- access more hands-on care in a residential or extra care facility
- find suitable education and/or work.
We’ll take time to get to know you and your child inside out, and find the ideal solution that matches their individual needs, goals and future plans, while safeguarding their existing links and relationships.
How does transition support work?
In our experience you can’t start planning early enough. You might want to start preparing your child for their future as an adult when they first become a teenager, and to encourage them to be involved – and make their own choices and decisions – if they are able to.
Planning ahead provides a clear pathway through the transition process and gives you more time to explore all the possibilities and how they work.
We take a person-centred approach to the support we offer, both during the transition and as your child makes their first steps into adulthood. This means that your child is at the centre of everything; we listen to what they want and what matters to them, so they are always at the very heart of conversations and decisions about their future.
We understand that the rest of the family has a huge stake in what happens to your child, so it’s important that we’re also there to offer help and guidance for the entire family during the transition period.
For us, this joint working approach is fundamental to delivering the very best outcomes for everyone involved.
What support will you provide during transition?
We understand that, at a challenging time when so much is going to change, it’s important that you and your child have as much continuity as possible. Our experience tells us this is key to a successful transition.
We will appoint a designated member of staff to deal with your child’s transition. This means that everyone involved – including you, other members of your family, and any professionals – has access to a single, named point of contact throughout the transition process.
Your named contact will guide you through all your child’s options, and help you to find the best and most appropriate adult support for their needs. They will steer you through the new processes and procedures, provide clarity and answer any questions you might have, like:
- How much of a say will I have in what happens when my child reaches 18?
- What types of support will we be entitled to?
- What are my child’s and my family’s rights?
- How will it all work?
- How much choice will my child have?
- Who will pay for what?
- If my child needs or wants support away from home, will they be housed somewhere nearby?
You will probably have lots more questions, but we have the answers and we’re here at every step to keep things as simple as possible. Your named contact is supported by a team of passionate and committed staff, all of whom combine professionalism and a can-do attitude with a unique personal touch. You can find out more about our people here.
Do you provide services that my child will be able to access when they reach adulthood?
Yes. We have been supporting people with learning disabilities, autism, brain injuries and complex needs for more than 30 years, and we offer a diverse range of support services that empower individuals and their families and carers to live fulfilling lives. These include:
Positive behaviour support
The support we provide during transition is not dependent on your child going on to access our support services when they become an adult.
We will give you unbiased information, guidance and advice that will help you to make decisions that are in your child’s best interests, and support you in accessing whichever services they need through any eligible provider.
Throughout your child’s transition and beyond, we are committed to supporting them to develop their skills, build their confidence and boost their independence, so they can successfully adapt to adulthood and be happy.
How can I find out more about the support you provide?
If you have any questions or would like to find out more about us and the support we offer adults, we can talk you through the options during transition. You can also find out more by clicking on the links above and exploring the other sections of our website.
Or, why not pick up the phone? Call us on 0333 405 1030*
You can also fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we’ll get back to you.
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