Transitions: Guides and practice

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  • Website The Care Act: transition from childhood to adulthood
    SCIE has developed these resources to help local authority staff, social workers, young people and carers to plan for the transition to adult care service.

    Publisher: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
    Published Date: 2015

  • Website Preparing for Adulthood: guide to joint commissioning resources
    This guide aims to help local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and their partners to deliver on the joint commissioning expectation contained in the Children and Families Act 2014, with particular reference to the interface between children's and adult services.

    Publisher: Preparing for Adulthood programme, NDTi & Council for Disabled Children
    Published Date: 2015

  • Website Model specification for transitions from child and adolescent mental health services
    This resource has been developed to support commissioning effective, seamless transitional mental health services for young people. It builds on previous specifications and can be adapted locally to reflect the multi-agency nature of commissioning and delivering these services. A sample transition discharge from and transfer of care protocol has also been developed that can be inserted into the NHS Standard contract to help improve support for young people leaving CAMHS.

    Publisher: NHS England
    Published Date: 2015

  • Website The Care Act: assessment and eligibility resources
    This page includes information and resources on local authorities’ duties in relation to assessing people’s needs and their eligibility for publicly funded care and support.

    Publisher: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
    Published Date: 2014

  • Website Care Act 2014: transition from children’s to adults’ services – key resources
    This resource pulls together all the existing resources, policy documents and initiatives that relate to transition from children’s to adult services.

    Publisher: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
    Published Date: 2014

  • Website Principles of good transitions 2: improving post school transitions
    This document covers the seven clear principles of transitions. These principles should be embedded in practice and work philosophies to enable successful transitions to take place.

    Publisher: Scottish Transitions Forum
    Published Date: 2014

  • Website Lost in transition: moving young people between child and adult health services
    Guidance from the Royal College of Nursing about managing young people's transition to adult services.

    Publisher: Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
    Published Date: 2013

  • Website Mind of my own
    This app is designed for young people in care and care leavers to help increase their knowledge, confidence and influence over their care and transition

    Publisher: Surrey County Council
    Published Date: 2013

  • Website Making a difference for young adult patients. Practice prompts: key messages from research
    This guide is an important product of the national study (the STEPP project) on health care transitions for young adults with significant, and potentially life-limiting, conditions. It is intended to relay the key results of the study and to provide simple advice on working with young adult patients. It will be particularly relevant for: clinical and non-clinical staff working in adult health care; specialist teams caring for young adults with complex and/or life-limiting conditions; ward staff; senior hospital managers; transition leads in paediatrics and adult health; commissioners; condition-specific charities.

    Publisher: Together for Short Lives
    Published Date: 2013

  • Website Principles of Good Transitions Planning - Improving Transitions for young people with Additional Support Needs
    This document has been developed by members of the Scottish Transitions Forum (ARC Scotland).

    Publisher: Scottish Transitions Forum
    Published Date: 2013

  • Website Good practice resource - empowering involvement and ensuring a voice for looked after children and care leavers: Southwark’s Speaker Box
    Speaker Box provides support to looked after children and care leavers, targeting those aged from 8 to 24 years. It ensures that they have a voice, that the messages from consultation are heard and acted on by decision-makers.

    Publisher: Ofsted
    Published Date: 2013

  • Website Transition to adulthood - a guide for practitioners
    This guide is for practitioners working with disabled young people and their families, focusing on those young people aged between 16 and 25. It explains the legal and policy frameworks, for England and Wales, that are relevant to areas in which these young people and their families are likely to need support and advice as the young person enters adulthood. Its purpose is to help practitioners understand the relevant law and policy so that they can guide young disabled people through this transition to adulthood.

    Publisher: Cerebra
    Published Date: 2013

  • Website Good practice resource - Improving outcomes for looked after children and care leavers: London Borough of Ealing
    The London Borough of Ealing’s ‘Horizons’ programme is a one-stop shop that provides young people in care and care leavers aged between 11 and 24 with the range of services and support they need from a single access point in a youth-friendly setting.

    Publisher: Ofsted
    Published Date: 2013

  • Website Good practice resource - A partnership approach to continuously improve services: North Tyneside Council
    Imaginative and innovative use of resources by North Tyneside council and its partners has significantly improved the services available to young people leaving care. Strong joint working arrangements for care leavers are in place.

    Publisher: Ofsted
    Published Date: 2013

  • Website CECOPS (Community Equipment Code of Practice Scheme)
    CECOPS CIC supports central government, local agencies and providers from all sectors in commissioning and providing safe, good quality and efficient services, whilst enabling compliance with legal and regulatory obligations.

    Publisher: CECOPS
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Transition Mentoring Scheme
    Cited by C4EO as an example of emerging local practice, the Transition Mentoring Scheme aims to support young people at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). The practice involves targeted support teams, the careers service and all secondary schools in work operating over a ten-month period. It allows schools to identify young people and refer them onto the transition support team, who work with them over this period to secure EET status. The scheme allows tailor-made support packages to meet every individual’s needs.

    Publisher: C4EO, Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO)
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Children and Young People HIV Network: resources for young people
    The Children and Young People HIV Network has produced a range of resources for young people who have HIV as part of a project on transitions into adulthood. The Children and Young People HIV Network, based at the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has released a range of free resources as part of its project addressing the transition of young people with HIV from childhood into adult life and services. The resources include a consultation report, a website and a range of leaflets for people living with HIV who are aged 15-25, and for parents and carers.

    Publisher: Children and Young People HIV Network
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Mental health transitions videos
    Two new films from SCIE focus on transition from children’s to adults’ services for young people with mental health problems.

    Publisher: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Diabetes transition - assessment of current best practice and development of a future work programme to improve transition processes for young people
    This report summarises the work by a number of small groups looking at transition in diabetes care and includes examples of good practice as well as principles for future consideration.

    Publisher: NHS Diabetes
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Moving from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare Tools
    This website is for youth with developmental disabilities ages 14-25 years, family caregivers, service coordinators, and health care providers.

    Publisher: New York State Institute for Health Transition Training
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Moving On Well resource pack: improving transition practice for young people with complex health needs and disabilities
    The Moving On Well good practice guide for health professionals and their partners (Department of Health, 2008) has now been piloted with young people who have complex health needs or disabilities, funded by the Department and the National Transition Support Programme. The project was driven by the experience and views of young people and their families. Occupational therapists and physiotherapists acted as key workers in supporting them, alongside other professionals and agencies. The project was independently evaluated and key messages and practical guidance for improving health transitions are included.

    Publisher: Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website An ordinary life: supporting families whose child is dependent on medical technology or has complex health needs
    This booklet has been designed to help families ensure their child is at the heart of their own care. Thirteen families with children who have complex healthcare needs were interviewed, in addition to health and social care professionals, to identify the barriers that families face when trying to get the right support for their child. The booklet addresses these issues, which include education, transition, emergency planning and knowing your rights and signposts families to more information and helpful services. This is free to download from the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (FPLD) website.

    Publisher: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (FPLD)
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Transforming the Devon Audiology Transition Service to an integrated service: addressing the needs of deaf Young People as they become independent
    During 2009-10 NDCS and NHS Devon undertook a joint project as part of the NHS Improvement Pilot Projects

    Publisher: National Deaf Children's Society
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Getting Ahead project
    NDCS’s Getting Ahead training programme is for deaf young people aged 13 to 19. It aims to make a positive contribution to reducing the barriers this group may face and preparing them for the challenges ahead.

    Publisher: National Deaf Children's Society
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Moving on
    This course is designed to equip young deaf people with the skills and knowledge to make choices about their future education and employment and to enable them to live independent lives.

    Publisher: National Deaf Children's Society
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Transition from paediatric to adult audiology services: Guidelines for professionals working with deaf children and young people
    This document is written for professionals in audiology services who are working with deaf children and young people as they move from paediatric to adult audiology services. By identifying quality standards that align with national policies, accompanied by practice examples, this document aims to support improvement in audiology practice in services for deaf young people and their families during the transition period.

    Publisher: National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Getting a job, getting a life and getting it right - Six ways to support young disabled people into work
    Young disabled people can and do want to work. Having a job is a crucial part of leading a fulfilling life yet very few adults with learning disabilities in England are in paid employment. So what does it take to help young disabled people get a job and get a life?

    Publisher: hsa
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Advocacy Resource Exchange
    Advocacy Resources Exchange (ARX) is a national organisation supporting the provision of Independent Advocacy.

    Publisher: Advocacy Resource Exchange
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
    The charity provides an advocacy service to help anyone affected by muscular dystrophy or related conditions that is experiencing difficulties getting the services they are entitled to.

    Publisher: Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website ARC guide for services – Supporting disabled young people from black and minority ethnic communities through the transition to adulthood
    A new guide to help local areas provide the best support in transition planning for disabled young people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities has been published. The guide, entitled ARC guide for services – Supporting disabled young people from black and minority ethnic communities through the transition to adulthood, aims to provide information, highlight the differences (and often similarities) in planning for disabled young people from BME communities and share examples of good practice from across the country.

    Publisher: Transition Information Network (TIN)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Transition Toolkit
    The information on this page is designed to assist both new staff to the rheumatology unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as well as rheumatology colleagues elsewhere, to facilitate effective transition for their adolescent patients requiring transfer to adult health care.

    Publisher: Dream Team
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Disabled children: a legal handbook
    This is a guide to the rights of disabled children and their families in England and Wales. It sets out the law in key areas, in particular children's social care services, education and health care and includes a summary of the key provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

    Publisher: Legal Action Group
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Transition from paediatric to adult care: Guide for commissioners and hospital / clinical teams
    The transition from paediatric to adult care should be a planned, collaborative process involving professional caregivers, the young person and family.

    Publisher: Cystic Fibrosis Trust
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Transition: A guide for young people moving from paediatric to adult care
    What should happen when the time comes for me to transfer to the adult CF Centre?

    Publisher: Cystic Fibrosis Trust
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Transition – A guide for parents
    The care of patients with Cystic Fibrosis has changed in a relatively short period of time. It is no longer a disease which only affects children. There are now as many adults with Cystic Fibrosis as there are children.

    Publisher: Cystic Fibrosis Trust
    Published Date: 2010

  • Adobe Acrobat Document The Big Innovation Bundle: A practical, innovative, multimedia approach to learning and support for adult life
    The Big Innovation Bundle will provide a means for young people with special educational needs to effectively work on their transition challenges using multimedia. The Bundle brings really practical innovative solutions for young people to use with their schools, support groups, service provider agencies, families and friends to facilitate their Transition and Support Planning. This unique package will enable your School or Community group to create a working multimedia advocacy approach to suit the way you are already working to support young people with disabilities. The Bundle offers practical and workable approaches that match your organisational goals as well as the needs and ambitions of your learners and service-users.

    Publisher: Big Ears Multimedia
    Published Date: 2010

  • Website Access to independent advocacy: an evidence review
    This report presents the findings of an evidence review investigating the costs, benefits and effectiveness of advocacy support for disabled people.

    Publisher: Office for Disability Issues
    Published Date: 2009

  • Website Think transition: Developing the essential link between paediatric and adult care
    Many more children with chronic illness are now surviving into adulthood and need to be optimally equipped and supported to enable them to live fulfilling lives.

    Publisher: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE)
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Introduction to leaving care: support for transitions from care in England
    Guidelines to help local authorities understand what support young people need when they leave care.

    Publisher: National Care Advisory Service (NCAS)
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website Guiding Your Teenager with Special Needs through the Transition from School to Adult Life
    An essential guide to this critical transition period, this book is invaluable reading for families of teenagers with disabilities who are preparing to move on from school life.

    Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
    Published Date: 2008

  • Website A transition Guide for all services
    A transition guide for all services: key information for professionals about the transition process for disabled young people, provides an overarching view of all the services that need to work together to ensure appropriate support for disabled children throughout each stage of their life.

    Publisher: Every Child Matters (ECM)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website The ACT Transition Care Pathway: A Framework for the Development of Integrated Multi-Agency Care Pathways for Young People with Life-Threatening and Life-Limiting Conditions
    ACT’s Transition Care Pathway was published in 2007 in response to; • Growing evidence of the unmet needs and growing numbers of young people living with a life-limiting condition into adult years (6-10,000 young people UK). • Growing evidence of the poor outcomes for young people with complex and life-limiting conditions. The Care Pathway recognises three phases of care; • recognising the need to move on • moving on • end of life.

    Publisher: Together for Short Lives
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Lead professional
    The Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme is working to ensure that children and young people who have additional needs achieve better outcomes and have a better experience of services through the provision of integrated support. The lead professional is a key element of integrated support. They take the lead to coordinate provision and act as a single point of contact for a child and their family when a range of services are involved and an integrated response is required.

    Publisher: Every Child Matters, Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Making every young person with diabetes matter
    Report of the findings of the working group set up in 2005. The report sets out the current problems, provides guidance and makes recommendations in a number of areas including commissioning, organisation of care, provision of services and workforce.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Adobe Acrobat Document The Rotterdam Transition Profile
    Transition into adulthood is not the same for each adolescent. Changes in domains do not have to occur at the same age or simultaneously. These changes are not necessarily problematic.

    Publisher: Erasmus MC
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Quality standards and good practice guidelines: transition from paediatric to adult audiology services - guidelines for professionals working with deaf children and young people (2005)
    This document addresses the issue of transition from paediatric to adult audiology services, highlighting areas of service provision to be considered and ways to support good practice. At all times it is important that good quality support and information are available and that services work in a coordinated and joined up way to share as much information as possible.

    Publisher: NHS Evidence - National Library of Guidelines
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Transition Pathway
    The Transition Pathway Guidance and Tools to support person-centred transition planning with young disabled people aged 13 – 25.

    Publisher: Transition Pathway Project 2005
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Dream Team Transition Pathway
    The information on this webpage is designed to assist both new staff to the rheumatology unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as well as rheumatology colleagues elsewhere, to facilitate effective transition for their adolescent patients requiring transfer to adult health care.

    Publisher: Birmingham Children’s Hospital
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Adolescent Transition Care
    Guidance for nursing staff produced by the Royal College of Nursing

    Publisher: Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
    Published Date: 2007

  • Website Transition: Getting it right for young people
    The Good Practice Guide, published in March 2006, aims to show that the handover from children's and young people's services to adult services should be planned and managed as a process. The Guide suggests how this can best be accomplished in the context of the evidence base.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 2006

  • Website National Service Framework for children, young people and maternity services
    The principles articulated through these standards are in line with current government policy. There are clear messages about the importance of ensuring high-quality health and social care services for vulnerable children and young people, including those in contact with the youth justice system. Standards 1, 4 and 9 are particularly pertinent. These are about health promotion and early intervention, transition to adulthood, and mental health and psychological well-being.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 2004

  • Website Adolescent transition care. Guidance for nursing staff
    With a large number of children with chronic illnesses and disabilities surviving into adulthood, there is a growing need for specialised care to ensure a seamless transfer and transition from children¿s to adult health care services. This guidance will help you to achieve a seamless transfer using a national clinical pathway framework.

    Publisher: Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
    Published Date: 2004

  • Website Getting the right start: National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services: Standard for hospital services
    This is the first module of the Children's NSF, published in advance of the full NSF in response to the concerns raised in the Kennedy report. It champions a central recommendation of the report, and a principle of the NHS Plan, in advocating that services should be designed and delivered around the needs of users of services.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 2003

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