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Transitions Pathway - Post 16

1. Transitions 2. Transitions in Early Years 3. Transitions Pathway- Secondary
4. Transitions Pathway Post 16 5. Referral 6. Continuing Health Care
7. Carers Assessment

4. Transitions Pathway - Post 16

16 Years        

  • Options including going to college, sixth form, starting work or training are all discussed at this annual review.
  • The Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) or Transitions Pathway should also be reviewed at this meeting.
  • Due to changes in the law, the young person will make their own decisions about the future, but can get support from parent/carers or advocate if needed.
  • Opportunity for Independent Travel Training continues.
  • Find out about benefits, entitlements and changes. Parents/carers or someone else can assist with finances, by applying to be an ‘Appointee’ with Department of Work and Pensions. They can help to open a bank account.
  • They should talk about any equipment (Assistive Technology) to support the young person.

Who will be at the Year 11 Annual Review?

  • Young person, parents or carers and someone from school.
  • Anyone else who supports with EHC Plan or Transitions Pathway.


17 Years

Planning for the big changes to come, what will happen with education?

  • If the young person is still at school, college or sixth form,  they will have a Year 12 Annual Review. Their EHC plan will also be reviewed at this time.
  • A young person can have a Transitions Assessment, to make sure they have the right support in place when they become an adult.  If they have an EHC Plan then this information can be a part of that plan.  This assessment does not only talk about the young peron's needs, but also what support the carers might need. (Adult Care would be completing this assessment if and when it is appropriate)
  • If the young person is likely to need services from Adult Care, then they will have an assessment from the IntakeTeam, when it is appropriate. 
  • Transitions pathway can be used and reviewed for anyone without an EHC Plan.
  • Any opportunity for supported employment, internship, apprenticeships or job coaching should be discussed. You can get help or advice from Young People's Learning Provision (YPLP).
  • Advice about any changes to benefits entitlements for the young person over 18.
  • The young personshould have a bank account in their own name before they turn 18.

Who will be at the Year 12 Review?

  • Young person and parents/carers. 
  • Someone from the school or college they are attending.
  • An adult social worker from the Intake Team, if the young person has care and support needs.
  • A SEND caseworker may also attend or anyone else who supports in planning for the future.



18 Years

Becoming an Adult, this is a time for big changes for everyone:

They will be leaving school and going to college, university or getting a job.

What should happen at this stage?

  • If the young person is still at school or college with an EHC plan, there will be an annual review.  The EHC Plan or Transitions Pathway will be reviewed.
  • If they are going to University, then the EHC Plan will no longer be in place
  • Support with healthcare needs will be transferred from Children to Adult Health Services.
  • The young person should continue to have their annual health check. Speak to a nurse or GP about this.
  • The young person should have a bank account in their own name, and be able to choose what they spend their money on.  Even if a parent or carer helps to support  with your finances, they should not be making decisions about the young person's money without them.
  • If the young person has had support or services as a young carer, they will need to have a discussion around moving into Young Adult Carer Services. For more information contact Carers First.

Who will be at the Year 13 Review?

  • Young person, and parents or carers.
  • Someone from the school or college they are attending.
  • Anyone else who supports them at this meeting, and that may include a SEND Caseworker, Adult Social Care or Health Professional.



19 to 25 Years

  • If the young person is still at school when they are 19, they will have a Year 14 Annual Review.
  • The EHC Plan or Transitions Pathway will be reviewed.  If the young person does not continue with education, then the EHC plan will end.
  • Young people will not automatically have an EHC Plan up to 25 years of age. 
  • If it is agreed that the young person will go to college or any other further education service (not including University), then the plan may continue, but will be reviewed yearly.
  • The young person might be considering where they want to live and opportunities for supported living.
  • They should have a better idea of jobs they can do, whether it is paid or volunteering.
  • If the young person has any social care needs being met as part of their EHC plan, services will continue to be provided by Children's Services, until Adult Care completes their assessment and their services are in place.
  • Circles of Support can assist the young person with planning for the future.  They can help to look at ways of keeping a friendship circle, independent living skills or any other goals they would like to achieve.

Who will be at the Year 14 Review?

  • Young person and their parents or carers.
  • Someone from the school or further education service.
  • They may have a SEND caseworker or a professional from health or social care.

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