Moving from child to adult services

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Transition 14+ years for children with a learning disability Transition 16+ years for children with a learning disability Transition 17+ years for children with a learning disability Role of the Transitions Co-ordinator for the Learning Disabilities Team

Because services try to work around the needs of the child and their family, young people can move from children's to adults' services at different ages. We may not currently have all the answers but to help us get there, please submit any questions and suggestions in the 'Was this page helpful?' box at the bottom of the page

Transition through Education

  • Transition 14-19 years

    • The important transition points for young people include:
    • Age 13/14 (School Year 9) - deciding what to study in Years 10 and 11.
    • Age 15/16 (School Year 11) - deciding what to do after Year 11.
    • Age 16+ (School Year 12 and above) - deciding what to do after leaving full-time education.
    • Each young person is given a Transition Plan and is treated as an individual with varying levels of achievement at school and different aspirations and ideas for the future. For more information about transition planning, what is included in the Transition Plan, and information leaflets about the further education, training and employment options available in Guernsey, please follow this link.
  • Post-16 and Lifelong Learning

    • There are a number of options available to children and young people with learning disabilities during their transition from school to their next steps on the path to adulthood:
    • All students enter Le Murier at the age of 11 on the Life Skills Pathway to develop their independence, communication and living skills.
    • Guernsey College of Further Education provides post-16 education for young people leaving school. The Access Course has been specifically designed to support school leavers to continue in education up to the age of 19 years by preparing them for future independence and employment.
    • The Guernsey Employment Trust aims to assist disabled people to prepare for, find and maintain work in Guernsey.
    • The States of Guernsey have an Education Services representative who facilitates students' inclusion through liaison with schools, colleges and agencies and who supports the availability of appropriate provision.
    • Voluntary organisations offer some employment opportunities for young people with disabilities: Grow Ltd, GO, Action for Children (tel.700218 or email guernsey@actionforchildren.org.uk) and Autism Guernsey can all provide safe and secure working environments for disabled people with a range of care and support needs.
    • The Day Service can be accessed by young people who are 18+ with learning difficulties. For more information, please tel. (01481) 230026.
  • Careers Guernsey

    • Careers Guernsey is an all-age careers service providing free, impartial careers information, advice and guidance to help young people get a job.

Moving to the Adult Learning Disability Services

  • Eligibility

    • To be considered for services and or support from adult learning disability team, your child must be 18 years of age and have been assessed as having a learning disability. Once your son / daughter has been assessed as having a learning disability, a member of the learning disability team will complete the adult core assessment, this is used to identify your child's needs.
  • Support planning

    • The support plan is developed based on the needs identified in the core assessment. (a support plan is not the same as a care plan). Each young persons support plan will be different depending upon their assessed needs. A care plan is developed by the people who actually support your son/daughter to actively engage in their daily activities in a way that works for them.
  • General Health

    • Your GP will take over from the paediatrician once your son/ daughter becomes 18, and will oversee all future health needs. Your son / daughter may be eligible for a free annual health check, speak with your GP / benefits office.
  • Additional Health Needs

    • Your son/ daughter may have input from other community health services whilst at school. Where appropriate these services will transfer over to adult care.
  • Transition at a glance

    • Year 9 ( 14+):
    • You will receive a copy of the adult learning disability transition process and will continue to liaise with colleagues in children's services so that we have a record of potential up and coming referrals. We will also sign post you to some websites/ organisations that you may find helpful during the transition period.
    • Your child will have a 'person centred plan' which aims to empower people with learning disabilities to live as independently as possible, as well as achieving equality in many areas of their life.
    • Please see leaflet on this page.
    • Year 10 ( 16+):
    • A member of the transition team will attend school and other relevant reviews to help us explore future options post 18 and if appropriate, we will sign post you to the things you have identified.
    • Please see leaflet on this page.
    • Year 11( 17+):
    • A member of the transition team will continue to attend school and other relevant reviews to help us explore future options post 18 and we will also start our assessment.
    • Please see leaflet on this page.
    • Adult Transition: Co-Ordinator
    • This role will oversee the transition planning for young people who have learning disabilities between 14 and 21 years of age. This is done by working in partnership with young people, their families and professionals from both children and adult services.
    • Please see leaflet on this page.
  • What you can expect from the service

    • From initial contact, in non-urgent circumstances, we will aim to contact you/your representative within two weeks. In urgent situations, we will aim to make contact within 1 day. If we need to visit you to begin our assessment, we aim to do so within six weeks from initial contact.
    • In urgent circumstances, if needed, we will visit within 24 hours. This might include safeguarding concerns, or instances where a person's carer is unable to provide support at short notice.
    • To find out more about Adult Disability Services follow this link.
  • Children with a sensory or physical impairment but NOT with a Learning Disability

    • The Child Development Centre (CDC) team are aware of all children with a sensory or physical impairment.
    • The CDC team will have early discussions with the Adult Disability Team to assess your child's needs moving into adulthood. Again, you will have input into these discussions.
    • It may be that you do not require any support. However, you will have had the opportunity to talk to someone in the Adult Disability Team and you can always access the service at any time in the future if you need to.
    • If your child does require ongoing support from the Adult Disability Team the planned transfer of care will be discussed with you, so that you know who to contact at any time.
  • Children requiring support from multiple services

    • For children with complex needs requiring support from a number of different services, we need to start planning from 14 years old.
    • There is a Transition Forum for service users with complex multi-agency needs. The forum meets every three months so that plans can be made that meet the needs of your child.
    • The forum is made up of representatives from: Education Services, Housing, Social Security, Health, Community and Disability Services.
    • The aim of the forum is to achieve co-ordination between services so that your child has a plan of care for the short and medium term that meets their needs and that all services adhere to.
    • The support plan will be shared with your child's lead professional currently involved in their individual care.
    • The care plan will be evaluated every six months and changes made as required.
    • You will be involved at every step and remember, there are no daft questions  - so please ask.
  • Financial support

  • Moving into supported living

    • In some cases it may be possible for your child to live in supported accommodation when they are 18 years old
    • Planning needs to start early so please visit our supported living accommodation section.
  • Support into work

    • There are a number of different work opportunities available. Please see our support into work section.
  • Day Services for adults with a learning disability

    • St Martin's Day Service offers support for adults with a learning disability. For further information, please tel. (01481) 230026.