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Moving On (Transitions)

Starting school can be a time where you and your child may feel anxious. This may be the first time they’ve been away from home all day for 5 days a week. Your child will be in a new environment, with new teachers and children that you and they are unfamiliar with.

Moving on to high school is a significant event for children and families. Your child will go from being the oldest in the school to the youngest. 

They also need to adapt to becoming more independent by going from lesson to lesson, maybe travelling on a school bus. They also need to prepare themselves with all the right equipment each day. If your child has an additional need this can increase anxiety about going to high school.

Moving on from school and into adulthood can be a scary time for you and your child, especially if your child has an additional need or disability. If your child has health or care needs, they will normally need to move from a service which supports children to a service which supports adults. These services might be very different, so ensuring this happens smoothly can be difficult. 

  • Children with Disabilities transition workers can support with transition from children’s services to adult services. These are social workers who can be involved in transition planning; they will assess and provide information around services.

    They will also notify adult social care that if your child may require support in adulthood. Transition workers can support from the age of 13. If you have a social worker these can support with moving over to adult services

  • From the age of 16 your child may go onto an adult ward if they are admitted to hospital. The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have Specialist Learning Disability Liaison Nurses which can support if your young person is admitted to hospital.

    • SENCO’s, Parent Support Advisors or teachers at your child’s school can support with transition
    • Specialist health professionals that are already involved with providing care to your child
    • There are specific Adult Learning Disabilities Nursing teams for adults all over Norfolk that can provide health information and support to adults with learning disabilities.
  • All adults and young people over 14 years old who have a learning disability are entitled to an annual health check which is available through the GP

  • In Norfolk we have a ‘Personal Health Book’ system which can be completed by the young person and looks at all their health needs and what professionals are involved. This can be used to help them become more independent in meeting their own health needs when approaching adulthood *Available to download below*

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

The Healthy Child Programme offers:

  • Health Needs Assessments for young people at transition periods e.g. starting school, going to high school, leaving school.
  • Yearly telephone contacts to parents for all children and young people with additional needs or disabilities aged from 0-19.
  • A range of health professionals including 5-19 complex needs staff nurses that are specifically for children and young people within complex needs schools.

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