Transition pathway to adulthood

Transition social care team

Lead professional/Key worker

The lead professional or key worker coordinates the transition process. They 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.

Transition Social Workers

Transition Social Workers work in a county-wide team managed by the Transition Team Manager. They work with young people from the age of 14 up to 25. They are responsible for attending transition reviews and initially establishing whether Adult Services support will be required by the young person when they leave education and enter adulthood.

They will give families and young people advice and information, and where the young person meets the Eligibility Criteria of Adult Services., will plan the move into Adult social care with the young person and their family.

The Transition Social Worker will work alongside other professionals to ensure any part of the transition plan that social services are responsible for is carried out.

Social Workers/Care Managers

Social workers/Care Managers are based in either Children’s or Adult Services Departments and cover a range of roles.

Connexions Personal Advisers

Connexions are part of Children’s Services Department, and have a responsibility to oversee delivery of the transition plan.

Connexions Personal Advisers (PAs) are assigned to all young people in school, and may continue to support those transferring from children’s to adult provision up to the age of 25. They take responsibility for monitoring actions relating to transition where the next step is likely to be to Further Education, training or employment.

The Social Workers from the Disabled Children’s Team or Family Support

These social workers attend the Year 9 review and continue to work with the child and family, attending relevant reviews and meetings and liaising with the Transition Social Worker and other key players to ensure a smooth pathway as the young person moves towards adulthood.

The Social Workers for a Child in Care (Looked After Child)

The social worker in partnership with the young person, his/her family and carers ensures that the young person can access Children’s Services PAs and other professionals in order to make informed decisions about future education, training and career choices and liaises with the PA to ensure appropriate planning.