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Young People in Transition

Leaving school is a big milestone in every young person’s life. It's an exciting time but also a time of uncertainty. There are lots of options to think about and decisions to make about what to do next. 
Families bring huge commitment, energy and knowledge bring to the transitions process.  So, we work in partnership with each young person and their family to plan for a good life after school. We ensure that they are at the centre of making decisions about their future support.
We listen to find out what works best for them. And by focusing on outcomes, we ensure that people have real choice and control.

We have experience in using several accessible, planning tools. This includes the Big Plan, MAPs and PATHs. These are inclusive and interactive to people with a range of communication needs.

Our transitions work focuses on:
  • Encouraging independence;
  • Developing skills;
  • Building relationships; and
  • Increasing social inclusion.
 It can include:
  • Support to access local recreational, sports and leisure activities;
  • Support to develop life skills, for example, budgeting, household tasks, meal preparation etc; 
  • Support to build personal skills, for example, keeping safe, staying healthy and well, and social skills;
  • Opportunities to explore self-advocacy, information and communication technology, and computer-based skills;
  • Vocational training and work experience to explore volunteer and work opportunities; and
  • Opportunities for meeting people and developing relationships and connections.

Larger group planning activities can also be useful. These bring people together to look at supporting the young person get what they want from life. These can help school year groups looks at post-school options. Or, support groups with shared interests to build connections and explore local opportunities.

The resources below give useful guidance on transition planning for young people and families.