As a member of the coalition and on the co-ordination group ARC Scotland, leads fSDC Co-ordination group members on the developments on transitions for young disabled people and their families.
fSDC members endorsed the Principles of Good Transitions 3 guide produced by ARC Scotland and the Scottish Transitions Forum.
The link to the guide – the Principles of Good Transitions 3 is all about informing, structuring and encouraging professionals and parents to continually improve the support for young people with additional needs between the ages of 14 and 25 who are making the transition to young adult life.
ARC Scotland are all about making things happen between local and national partnerships and networks.
They lead on The Scottish Transitions Forum, that has over 750 members from a wide range of professionals, young people, parents and carers. Membership is free and is open to anyone who is committed to improving transitions for young people with additional support needs.
Other useful reports, studies and information
Experiences of Transitions to Adult Years and Adult Services – this substantial report just launched on 24th May 2017, sets out a qualitative study about transitions to adult years and services, that was commissioned by Scottish Government and completed by the Health and Social Care Alliance between July 2016 and March 2017. The study is based upon the experinece of some 30 individuals and families for whom their transition has been impacted by a broad spectrum of complex and interacting disabilities. This link is the Summary and Recommendations of the report. The Alliance want to work with different organisations and individuals to take the recommendations forward.
Life on the Edge of the Cliff was researched and written by Tracey Francis, who has extensive experience in communications and children and young people’s policy at national and European levels. The reports are about transitions, especially for young people with learning difficulties after leaving school. Tracey’s research took her to Italy, Norway, the Czech Republic as well as home.
SDS Consortium Working together to make it happen: helping young people move on successfully. The Consortium over 2014 – 2015, involving Quarriers, Cornerstone, Sense Scotland and The Richmond Fellowship Scotland, and 3 Local Authorities, funded by the Scottish Government SDS Capacity Building Fund,focused on young people’s transition from school to adult life against the backdrop of the Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act (2013).
One year on Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) summarises what the work of the Consortium achieved and how much more there is to do.
Post-school transitions: the legislative context This document written by Ian Nisbet when he was at the Govan Law Centre outlines key definitions of education terms and the legislation in relation to transition at 16 years old.