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Transition

Transition is the word used to refer to the life changes that children and young people go through.

In education and in health it refers particularly to the movement between different schools and services as children get older. This begins with the transition from nursery to reception at school, right through into adulthood.

Transition at all stages can be an exciting time, but equally it can be a time when children and young people can present with worries and anxieties. Transition can require great effort – physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. Children and young people will go through transition more successfully when they are prepared i.e. they know what they will need to do and they have a meaningful adult to help.

Some children will need particular support at times of transition – including those with additional needs, care leavers and those who have already faced difficult change in their lives -for example bereavement.

Public Health England have identified “seamless transition and preparation for adulthood” as a high impact area. Within their document (2016) they stress the importance of supporting young people on their journey through to adulthood. The trusting and professional relationships that schools are in a unique position to build play a vital role in this.

For young people, the transition to adulthood can be confusing and difficult but through early preparation and planning it can be a positive experience. This will provide a foundation for confidence when facing change and accessing services independently.

Key Points of transition include;

  • Transition into reception. Parents of children starting school could be signposted to our starting school quiz on Just One Norfolk to help them to prepare with their children.
  • Transition into secondary school. Parents of children in Year 6 could be signposted to our transition to high school quiz on Just One Norfolk which helps identify potential challenges and how these might be supported.
  • Transition into adulthood e.g. adult education and adult services.

 

  • Wherever possible allowing time to prepare children and young people and their families for key points of change will be time well spent.

    The support children and young people receive from school around transitions has improved dramatically over time and children clearly benefit from the increased preparation for change.

    • Communication between settings is an important starting point. This is also an opportunity to identify those children and families who may need additional support and allows their needs to be planned for.
    • Children, young people and their families need a balance of practical information and facts, alongside support to manage the social and emotional impact of the change. There is information on Just One Norfolk about emotional health.
    • Giving children and young people the chance to talk together and share their thoughts and feelings about transition can normalise the change and encourage children and young people to problem solve any challenges they face.
    • Whilst for many the transitions that happen throughout school life happen collectively with their peers it is important to be aware of those children who face change outside these times including those who move school frequently. This includes the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community and Looked After Children and Young People . They often face transitions frequently and without the benefit of preparation. Being mindful of those children and young people who do make frequent or unexpected transitions can allow staff to meet their particular needs.
    • For staff supporting children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) preparation for transition to adult services should be built into the annual plan review from year 9. Consider what services should be invited to this to ensure a smooth handover and sharing of information.

How Can We Help?

Just One Number Call to speak to a health professional by phoning 0300 300 0123. They will be able to provide initial advice and support and guide next steps with us or signpost you to other more relevant agencies and professionals. It is available 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays.

Referrals for support are made by contacting Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Please make sure you have the consent of the parent and / or young person before you make a referral to us. You do not need to fill out any paperwork prior to this call.

Referrals are made via the telephone to enable us to have an informative conversation with you at the point of referral so we can ensure we have all the required information for early triage and assessment of the child, young person or family. This will ensure the referral gets managed by the appropriate team in a more timely way or we can signpost you to a more appropriate service.

ChatHealth Children and Young people can access us through our text messaging service on 07480635060. They will be able to discuss any health concerns with one of our Practitioners and also be able to request an appointment if they would prefer to meet with us.

Parent Line Parents can access our services by texting our number 07520631590 . This allows them to access the advice and support from a clinician about any health issues affecting their children aged 0-19.

Just One Norfolk Health Passport app Young people age 16-19 can download this app on Apple or Android phones. It provides young people age 16-19 with general health information and advice to increase health literacy. It signposts to services and promotes self care. It aims to increase resilience and wellbeing and to find out how to access health services.

Health Unlocked Parents can be signposted to this. It is a carefully monitored online community forum which allows local parents and carers to talk with each other regarding issues affecting their children. This can be accessed through our Just One Norfolk website.

Solihull Parenting Online For our Norfolk parents there is the opportunity to access this free of charge through Just One Norfolk. It supports parents in understanding their children from 0-19 via 4 modules. Staff working with children and families will also benefit from this – or they can book to do the two day Solihull Training provided by our service by contacting karin.bibby@nhs.net. While COVID-19 restrictions are in place please contact Karin Bibby to register your interest in virtual training as this becomes available.

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