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Do young people experiencing the transition from children’s services to adult services understand the process and what their choices are?

Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC), corp creator. (2010) Do young people experiencing the transition from children’s services to adult services understand the process and what their choices are?

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Abstract

This project research examines the understanding that young people who receive services from North Yorkshire Children's Social Care Disabled Children's teams, have of the process of transition to Adult and Community Services. Young people who have been through the system and now use an independence group explained that the relationship they had with their social services transitions worker was of great importance and helped develop the questions asked to the interviewees. A sample of young people were identified by their workers for the research and most were happy to share their experiences. Some of their carers acted as interpreters and all gave their views of the process. The report highlights that many of the young people had no relationship with their transitions worker and indicates that parents are also often unable to identify a person to allay fears about the move to Adult and Community Services. The report highlights the failure of both Adult and Community Services and Children's Social Care services to develop a meaningful relationship with service users so that they can participate in the planning process. The report discusses the different needs of young people and their families whilst focusing on how to involve the recipients of services in the planning process, the majority of the young people interviewed did not know who their Adult and Community Services Transitions worker was nor did they have any clear idea of any choices they might have. Other agencies (such as Education) seem better able to engage with the young people. Young people can take a meaningful part in planning for their own future, but need to build a relationship with the transitions worker before they can do so. Young people with additional learning needs may need intensive or regular sessions with a worker in order to make sense of the system and participate in any meaningful way.

Item Type: Document from Web
Publisher: Children’s Workforce Development Council
Additional Information: http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/assets/0001/0326/Microsoft_Word_-_PLR0910056Harrison.pdf
Depositing User: Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 27 May 2011 08:36
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 18:22
URI: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/2760
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