16.15 - 17.15 Thursday 30 October 2014

Room: Exchange 11

Improving transition for young people with complex needs: Learning from Sense's direct practice

Chair: Sue Brown, Head of Public Policy at Sense

Main Participants:

Kate Fitch, Deputy Head of Public Policy at Sense
Sue Brown, Head of Public Policy at Sense

Young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities face a number of key transition points in the education, health and social care systems.  If transitions between settings are poorly managed, the continuity of care and support can be affected and this can have a detrimental effect on a range of outcomes.  For young people with complex needs, effective transition planning and management is essential.

Sense, the UK deafblind charity, has been working to deliver three major projects focussed on improving experiences of transition for deafblind young people.  The projects involve working to support young people as they experience transition, in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of best practice.  The session will outline key learning from Sense's projects, including practical examples. It will be useful to delegates with an interest in supporting young people with complex needs to make a successful transition into adult life.

The session will also provide a short overview of the policy context as it relates to the transition of young people.  This will include the changes to social care transition introduced through the Care Bill, new statutory guidance on transition and the implications of the Children and Families Act and new SEN Code of Practice statutory guidance.

This will be a presentation and a questions and discussion.