Learning disabilities

The Transitions Pathway, young people with learning disabilities

It is really important that we work with you, your family and professionals to plan your future. The Transitions Pathway helps us to do this. It is a guide to help us plan with you.

The pathway has seven main steps. Sometimes we do the steps in a slightly different order depending on your needs.

1. Start transition process

  • your transition starts in secondary school
  • there is a school meeting to talk about transition
  • we look at your health and social care needs
  • we think about your future needs

2. Talking about the future

  • start to think about what you might like to do
  • who else needs to get involved to help you plan, this might be:
    • school staff
    • health staff
    • social work staff
    • family
    • friends

3. Planning for the future

  • start your plan and assessment for adult health and social care
  • we might need to do assessments with you and involve other people to find out what you need
  • there are rules, called eligibility criteria, that professionals need to look at when helping you create a plan
  • when you reach 16 years of age in Scotland your parents have no legal rights to make decisions for you
  • some young people are not able to make safe decisions for themselves
  • the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 gives more information about this
  • the Office of the Public Guardian gives information about Guardianship Orders, Intervention Orders, Power of Attorney

4. What do you need?

  • think about trying some new things
  • do you need equipment, somewhere to live, help to think about transport options, something else?
  • we agree your options based on your eligibility
  • we agree what support you might need, this might include:
    • support with staff
    • equipment
    • transportation

5. Money matters

  • we need to agree what money you will have
  • we have to take your plan, support and finance information to a meeting called the Resource Panel. This is where funding is agreed
  • your welfare benefits may change
  • we need to work out your finances and you might be assessed by a community care assessor
  • self-directed support is the way you manage your support. There are four options which we will discuss with you
  • we will tell you if you will have to pay any charges for your support

6. Checking out the plan

  • are you happy with your plan?
  • has everyone involved in your transition completed their tasks?

7. Moving to adult support

  • you move from children to adult support
  • check out what is working well
  • does anything need to change?