When children become adults, it is normal for them to make decisions for themselves and to lead a more independent life. Children’s health and care needs also change as they grow up.
Transition to adult services (Transition) is the name given to the process of moving on from children to adult services.
Transition is an important journey. It is essential that professionals work in partnership with young people and their families to ensure that they get the support they need every step of the way. The young person and their family should understand what is happening and feel confident and in control.
Some young people will have long-term conditions (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy) and the transition will be mainly concerned with moving on to Adult Health Services. Other young people may have learning disabilities or social care needs. Their transition will be more concerned with moving on to adult social or learning disability services. A small number of young people with complex long-term conditions will have support from health, social care and special education. When this happens, it is important that these services work together to coordinate the different transitions.
Why do we need to transition to adult services?
Transition is important to ensure that services are appropriate for a young person’s needs. Treating and caring for a child or young person is completely different to treating an adult and having adults and children on the same ward would also be inappropriate. Additionally, services that are needed for babies and children would not be available because adults were using them.
What will happen during transition?
Transition is a gradual process. Young people and their families often need guidance and encouragement but shouldn’t feel rushed or unsupported.
What is transition support?
Transition support (sometimes called transition preparation) is the name given to the help and advice provided by professionals working in partnership with young people and their families during the transition process.
What is the 10 steps transition pathway?
The 10 Steps Transition Pathway is a simple generic pathway that describes the important steps for a young person, their parents, and professionals, as the young person moves from children’s to adult services. There are lots of resources for young people, their parents and professionals to help make transition to adult services smooth, supported and empowered.