In Professional Settings
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 settings 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 professionals 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.