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?