New guidance to support transition from Children's to Adults' Services

26 February 2016

NICE New guidance from NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – has been developed to improve the support for thousands of young people receiving health or social care as they become adults.

An independent committee of sector experts, young people and carers was brought together to develop the new guideline. Their review of current service provision found that support for young people moving from Children’s to Adults’ services can often be patchy and inconsistent.

The guideline aims to address this with a set of overarching principles for leaders, managers and practitioners to use in the design and delivery of services for young people. 

Recommendations include:

  • That the young person should always be fully involved in care planning and that transition support should also cover areas such as education and employment, community inclusion, health and wellbeing and independent living.
  • Transition must also be developmentally appropriate, taking into account each individual's abilities, needs and circumstances.
  • Practitioners should adopt a strength-based approach to focus on what is positive and possible for the young person rather than on a pre-determined set of transition options. 
  • Person-centred support is essential to ensure that young people are treated as equal partners in the process.
  • Good joined up working is crucial, by managers across Children's and Adults' services, as well as those in health, social care and education. 

View transitions from Children’s to Adults' Services guideline.

This guideline was developed by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC). RiPfA is a member of NCCSC, led by SCIE. 

Using the guideline

There will be a free webinar to support professionals to use the NICE guideline: Transitions from Children’s to Adults’ Services from 12-1pm on Tuesday 22 March.

Helen Wheatley will lead this online learning session to give an overview of the guideline, with a particular focus on how it can be used to support young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

The session will include information on young people’s views, examine common elements between the guideline and other legislation and guidance and discuss how this can work in practice.

For young people growing up there are a number of choices to make including what they would like to study or train for, where they would like to live and how they would like to spend their time. For young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) these choices can sometimes be limited and access to support complicated. Whilst this guideline has a focus on the transfer from Children’s to Adults’ Services, it acknowledges and highlights the importance of this process being part of the wider more holistic planning which young people and their families will do, and this webinar will support professionals to consider this in their work.

Find out more and book a place.

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