Transition services pilot judged a success


    A pilot project to smooth the transition from children’s to
    adults services for people with learning difficulties could be
    extended nationally next year, the Valuing People support team has
    announced.


     


    The Person-Centred Planning in Transition project, run in four
    London boroughs, aims to bring together agencies to improve
    managing the switch.


     


    Under the pilot, representatives from adult, children’s and
    education services were brought together with families and young
    people and an independent facilitator trained in person-centred
    planning in transition review meetings in schools.


     


    Harry Tuck, who as manager for children with disabilities at
    Lambeth social services has run the pilot, told delegates:
    “Transition is such an important phase, particularly for
    those with complex needs requiring a lot of support. It can be hard
    to bring together all the relevant strands – such as health
    and education – to plan around what the young person really
    wants. And this is what we have tried to address.”


     


    Linda Jordan, Valuing People regional adviser for London, said the
    Valuing People support team would be talking to the Department for
    Education and Skills about extending the pilot
    nationally.

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