The Gloucestershire Multi Agency Transitions Pathway

The new SEND Code of Practice which arose from the Children and Families Act 2014 states that transition planning, or preparing for adulthood, should be a component of EHCP reviews from at least year 9.

The new SEND Code of Practice which arose from the Children and Families Act 2014 states that transition planning, or preparing for adulthood, should be a component of EHCP reviews from at least year 9.

If involved with the young person there should be input to the EHC Plans from all three of the areas of Education, Health and Care, into the body of the Plan itself and in all reviews from year 9.

Young people from age 14 and their families are supported to understand which post 16 and 18 options are available and investigate which might be most suitable for them, the County has a post 16 placement guidance document which is followed.

For the first time with this Code of Practice the kind of statutory SEN support which young people have at school (EHC Plans) will now be transferred to the FE College sector and registered Training providers at 16 and the system of planning for outcomes, and reviews, will continue in those settings.

Students on SEN FE courses are supported in their last year of college, ideally into employment.  The Forwards Employment Service  offers employment assessments and individual support to find and maintain employment.  Forwards Work Clubs also offer employment support within a group setting to a wide range of young adults with additional needs including SEND.  There is a developing system of Supported Internships also which are or will be available to students in their last year of an SEN course at College.

Young people with especially complex needs who it seems are likely to seek or request specialist Adult services at age 18 or beyond are identified at age 16.  There is a monthly multi agency transitions meeting at which those young people are discussed and information shared which can act as an early referral to Adult services if necessary, thereby allowing them to better plan to meet the needs of that young person upon attaining adulthood and helping to minimise the need for urgent, "catch up" actions later.

The NHS are also developing systems for transition between Children's and Adult's services for young people with long term conditions.

It should be noted that from May 2016 there will begin the development of an integrated 0-25 SEND service which, along with similar developments towards an all-age and all-disability Social Care service in Gloucestershire, may mean that changes to some of the above will occur.

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