The Transition stage can include, depending on individual circumstances:

  • transition from children’s to adult specialist services
  • transition from school to FE College, higher education or employment, training or apprenticeship 
  • transition from college or training to employment and or adult services
  • transition from paediatric to adult health services 
  • transition from living at home to supported accommodation and 
  • leaving care.
  • Transition planning usually begins in Year 9 (the school year in which a child has their 14th birthday).      
  • The “Preparing for Adulthood” process is when professionals will consult with you and your son or daughter to consider if they may need specialist support during transition and into adulthood from the age of 18 years.
  • Young people with an Education Health and Care Plan will be supported through the changes by the Preparation for Adulthood team which is part of the SEND team. Some young people may have support from organisations in the voluntary sector.
  • If a young person is eligible for social care support from the Integrated Service for Children with Disabilities (ISCD) they may also have a Social Worker who will provide information and support during transition. They will transfer their case to an adult social care worker if the young person is eligible and support in adulthood is needed.
  • Other young people may need specialist health support including therapeutic input, continuing healthcare or specialist community health services.
  • If a young person has a statement of educational needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) they may need support in education which will be discussed and reviewed during transition. The EHCP can be maintained until the young person is 25 years old.


Adult Social Care

Young people transferring from children's social care services to adult social care services will come under the care of adult social care team in the borough where they live.

For Kingston this will Adult Social Care provided by the Royal Borough of Kingston.

For Richmond this will be Adult Social Care provided by the Borough of Richmond upon Thames.


Multi Agency Transition Protocol 

As a partnership, Achieving for Children (AfC), the Royal Borough of Kingston and the London Borough of Richmond Adult Services are committed to providing the best and most appropriate services to young people with learning difficulties, disabilities, additional needs and or mental health issues who are eligible for support from specialist adult services as they approach the transition to adulthood and beyond.

How this important stage in a young person's life is managed is set out in a document called a Multi Agency Transition Protocol 

The purpose of this document is to provide a detailed statement of responsibilities for agencies involved in transition for young people. The purpose of a local protocol is to facilitate joint working, good quality transition planning and positive outcomes for these young people.

The protocol sets out the responsibilities of all the agencies that might be involved including:

  • Integrated Service for Children with Disabilities
  • Special Education Needs (SEND) Preparing for Adulthood Team 
  • Adult Services
  • Leaving Care
  • 14- 19 team
  • Schools
  • Further education (FE) colleges 
  • Housing
  • Kingston and Richmond’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) 
  • Community Mental Health
  • Voluntary sector organisations

The protocol is intended for use by all the statutory and voluntary sector agencies involved in transition. 

Current state of Multi Agency Transition Protocol

You can download and read the existing protocol below. However, work is currently being done to update and revise the document so please note that, although it contains some useful information, this may not be accurate in all details. Due to the different adult social care arrangements in Kingston and Richmond, it may be that two separate Transition Protocols are produced in future.

‚ÄčDownload the existing Multi Agency Transition Protocol (opens a pdf document)

Review of Kingston Transition Protocol

Achieving for Children are working with Kingston Council to review its transition protocol.  We are trying to align our pathways to the NICE's (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) Guidance for transition from children to adult services for people with mental health problems, disabilities, learning disabilities, long term/life limiting and complex needs who are in secure settings or under the care of Local Authorities.

Workshops have been taking place with all stakeholders including Kingston parents, carers and young people.  You can read the final development report and Kingston parents and young people can take part in a survey (live as at 19/10/2017). A multi agency editorial group which includes parents and young people was set up in October 2017 to begin to draft the new protocol.

Kingston Transition Development Report (opens a pdf)

Take part in the survey