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Transition to adult services

Transition to adult services

Support for young people with a disability or long term health needs usually transfers from children's services to adult services when a young person reaches 18. Transition is the name used for this process and can be applied particularly to social care but also health services.

How transition works

As a young person approaches adulthood, children services will consider whether the young person will require support once they become 18. Information about the young person will be shared with adult services and in particular the Transitions Team. The young person and their carers will receive support and possibly an assessment to assist in developing transition plans.

The Transitions Team will be involved in deciding whether the young person will be eligible to receive social care support from adult services. If the young person is not eligible, the team will advise of other local services and agencies that may be able to assist.

The Transitions Team consists of an Assessment Officer, an Occupational Therapist, a Learning Disability Nurse, a Greenwich Mencap Transitions Worker and a Team Co-ordinator.

Transition planning is for the young person and should be about the things that are important to them. The young person must have every opportunity to communicate their needs.

Education, Health and Care Plans identify the aspirations and wishes of young people with special education needs, and their families. These are crucial to ensure there is a clear plan towards achieving outcomes for the young person.

Young people and their carers should be aware of the transition process throughout their involvement with special education or social care.

However if you are concerned that you have not received this information, please contact the Children with Disabilities Team on 020 8921 2599.

Short Breaks for Young People 18-25

Short breaks for young people 18-25 is one of several service offers aimed at  providing young people with opportunities for social inclusion, relationship building and skills building on their journey  to developing greater independence.

The Adult’s teams are obliged to promote a person’s wellbeing in a number of ways. How this happens will depend on the young person’s circumstances, including the young person’s needs, goals and wishes, and in consideration of how these impact on their wellbeing. We will consider each case on it’s own merits and will factor in what the young person wants to achieve, and how the support provided will enable them to achieve their personal aspirations.

Royal Borough of Greenwich Adult Services takes its statutory responsibilities seriously and is committed to ensuring that it provides a range of options to young people, approaching adulthood and beyond. This might include respite, day opportunities amongst other options that might include continuation of access to the existing children activities or, other individualised support packages designed with the young person and their families to meet assessed needs.    

In developing the 2019-2022 SEND Short Break Strategy, Adults Services wanted to use this as an opportunity to begin a piece of work on the development of a new separate Young Adult's Short Breaks offer.  This will mean the new Children's Services Short Breaks programme from 1st April will be commissioned for young people up to their 18th birthday. Adults care package options will be explored with young people and their families in the coming weeks. 

While not part of the new Children's offer, it is recognised that as the Young Adults offer develops there is a need to ensure that families are aware of what is being provided to meet needs.  As such a key priority within the Short Breaks Strategy is to:

"Review the transitions process for young people accessing targeted and specialist short breaks, ensuring that young people and their parents/carers are clear on what the offer is post-17."

There will be opportunities for consultation with families and young adults in the coming months to ensure the Young Adult offer meets the needs of our Greenwich families.

For further information about the options available to you or your young person, please call 020 8921 4860 for the Community Learning Disabilities Team or 020 8921 2304 for all other primary support needs. 


Community Learning Disability Team

Community Learning Disability Team

If you are affected by a learning disability and find it hard to cope in your day-to-day life, there are services to help you.

You may benefit from support with daily tasks such as:

  • making meals
  • washing
  • dressing and shopping.

These services are able to help you live as independently as you can and in a way that suits you.

Speak to a duty worker

The Community Learning Disability Team operates a duty service every day. If you would like to speak to a duty worker, please call 020 8921 4860.

Opening hours for duty worker:

  • Monday to Thursday, 10am to 5pm
  • Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Keeping safe

If you are an adult living in Greenwich and have trouble protecting yourself from abuse or harm, the Royal Borough has a responsibility to prevent you from being abused or mistreated.

If you or anyone else feels that you are not being treated properly, you should call 020 8921 2304.