'How to' guide: how to develop a transition protocol

National Transition Support Team
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This is a guide to developing a protocol that sets out the roles and responsibilities of all agencies in a local area that support disabled young people and their families in their transition to adulthood. A strategic transition protocol is needed to ensure that services are brought together, with a clear and transparent commitment to making the transition process work. Developing a clear, strategic, multi-agency, agreed protocol on how local services work to meet the needs of disabled young people in transition to adulthood can transform the effectiveness of local support. A protocol should be developed with all partners involved in transition, including disabled young people and their families to ensure that it is relevant and realistic, and that partners will take ownership and responsibility for the part that they play. The first section of the guide identifies areas that should be taken into consideration prior to developing a protocol. The second section looks at what needs to be included in the protocol. The third section looks at what needs to happen after the protocol has been developed. The fourth section looks at how a transition pathway should be developed and how it should reflect the commitments in the transition protocol.

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service transitions, young people, adult social care, disabilities;
Content type:
government publication
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