The Transition Team
The Luton Transition Team works with young people between the ages of 14 to 25 who have a learning disability or difficulty.
Growing up and moving on from school is an exciting and uncertain time for all young people as they begin the transition to adulthood. The most important person in this process is the young person themselves.
The team plans and supports a young person’s transition to adult life. The following professionals may be involved:
- social care
Every young person with a Statement of Special Education Needs will have a transition plan attached to their Statement. Over the next 2-3 years these will be converted into Education, Health & Care Plans, which will stay in place until a young person has achieved their goals or has reached 25. For a young person this document is particularly important. The document will state what everyone involved in the young person’s life is hoping will happen in the future and how this will be achieved. The Transition Plan will address questions like:
- Will the young person attend school or college?
- How can the curriculum help young people play their role in the community?
- What will happen after school or college?
- Can the young person get a job or do some training to get one?
- Where will the young person live?
- What will the young person do in their spare time?
- What are the young person’s hopes and aspirations for the future and how can these be met?
- What benefits am I entitled to?
The team consists of a Transition Team Manager, two Learning Disability and Difficulty Personal Advisors (LDDPA) plus a Post 16 SEN/LDD Provision Broker. The team also works closely with the Transition Social Worker and the Transitions Nurse who supports young people with complex health needs who have a learning disability. They support the young person to enter adult health services successfully.
Learning Disability and Difficulty Personal Advisor (LDDPA)
Personal Advisors support young people who have additional needs between the ages of 14 - 25.
Personal Advisors will offer help and support in a wide range of issues including:
- careers advice
- training opportunities
- family circumstances
- housing and homelessness
- welfare benefits
The Broker will work with young people who are not able to access local mainstream further education. They will create bespoke packages of education which meet the individual's needs. They will work closely with the Personal Advisor, the young person and the people that know them best.
The Social Worker from the Children with Disabilities Team will continue to support the young person until the age of 18. However, as the young person reaches 16 they will start to liaise with the Adult Social Care Team. The young person and their parent/carer are fully involved in this process to plan for the future. A joint assessment will be undertaken and the support needs of the young person and their parent/carer are taken into consideration, this includes short breaks, direct payments and overnight stays.
The Adult Learning Disability Team has a designated Transition Social Worker who supports eligible young people aged 18 and over to plan for their future, including short breaks and day opportunities.
The team work with young people between the ages of 14 to 25 who have severe and complex learning disabilities or difficulties. The team also supports staff in mainstream settings to work with young people who have additional needs.
Access to Adult Social Care is subject to an eligibility assessment, more information can be found in the Care Act eligibility document at the bottom of this page.
How to access the service
The young person or their parent/carer can contact the team directly, via the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), the Family Worker at the school or their child’s Social Worker.
Futures House, The Moakes, Luton, LU3 3QB
Tel: 01582 548244