For young adults leaving school and college

Dimensions works with individuals, families and professionals to support a personalised and structured transition into adult support services for people like PaulJack and Michael.

There are around 13,000 pupils over 16 years of age in special schools and colleges in England and Wales.

We know that provision of support for these young adults is not always in place by their 16th birthday, or even often their 18th birthday.

For anyone in this position, it is a frightening time. How will they transition to adult services? Will they cope with the sudden reduction in structure in their lives? Will their EHC plans deliver and ensure they continue to receive the funding for support they need?

Our approach to transition planning follows the four pathways of the ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ guidelines set out by NDTi and the Department for Education.

It is important for us to ensure we contribute to raising the aspirations of each individual. This also involves having healthy relationships, a healthy lifestyle and living within the community as independently as possible.

We understand the stress that people may feel, on top of everything else that is going on at this formative period in life.

That is why we have worked with a wide range of experts with lived experience of transition to produce a free guide for families, carers and professionals to understand the journey from child to adult services, and what support is available.

Download our transitions guide: Transition – your child’s journey into adult services

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