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?