This guide aims to help parents of young people with disabilities and/or special educational needs (referred to in this guide as 'disabled young people') manage their child's transition into adulthood so that the social care, education and health needs of their child are met and sustained throughout this process and into the young person's adult life.

It does so by providing:

  • An overview of the responsibilities of the various organisations involved in the transition of disabled young people from children's services to adult services. Focusing on the responsibilities of local authorities and NHS bodies, in England and Wales, in the areas of education, social care and health and housing, it identifies the action that should be taken, by which organisation, and when.
  • Checklists for parents to use so that they can ensure that the necessary steps are taken at the right time, in the right way.

There is also a downloadable table which details the key stages in the transition process and sets out the responsibilities of education, social services and health agencies: summarising which agency needs to take certain action and when that needs to happen. This table should be used in conjunction with the guide-the relevance of the points identified in the table is explained in notes set out in the guide.

The page also provides a link to a guide for practitioners.