The Road Ahead – Resources

5. Local information for young people, families and professionals

General - covering most aspects of transition
L1: A Guide to Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities
Target Audience Carers of young adults with learning disabilities and who are due to leave school in 2-3 years.
Content Booklet. Describes services that are available and how to go about accessing them.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Cheshire County Council Social Services West Cheshire Goldsmith House Hamilton Place Chester Cheshire, CH1 1SE Tel: 01244 603450
L2: Leaving School - Opportunities for young people in Hackney - a directory of transition services for young people with special educational needs.
Target Audience Primarily aimed at parents and carers.
Content An extensive guide to local and national information about the transition period. Includes a 'Student's Preparation for the Transition Plan' form.
Availability & Updates  
Contact City & Hackney Community ServicesNHS Trust Children with Disabilities Development Manager Hackney Children & Families Service 7 Marcon Place London, E8 1LP Tel: 0181 356 4290
L3: Options for the Future - A what, when and how guide for parents as young disabled people make the transition to adult life.
Target Audience Parents and carers.
Content 128 page guide for parents and carers. Includes extensive local and national information.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Mencap Office 44c Church Street Reigate, RH2 0AJ
L4: Help for Young People with Special Needs and Here to Help - in North Somerset
Target Audience Young people with special needs, their parents/carers and professionals working with them.
Content Leaflet and Directory providing local and national information.
Availability & Updates  
Contact (Leaflet) Mencap Family Adviser Service Scotland House Combe Road Portishead, BS20 6BJ Tel: 01225 774342 Fax: 01275 843912 (Directory) North Somerset MENCAP Advice & Advocacy Service 1 Verlands Congresbury North Somerset, BS49 5BL Tel/Fax: 01934 830435
L5: Transition Planning
Target Audience Parents and carers.
Content 7 page leaflet about transition, giving local contact details.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Parents in Partnership The Lodge Manfield Campus Kettering Road Northampton, NN3 6NP
L6: Moving On A booklet to support Croydon young adults who have special needs.
Target Audience Young adults with special needs.
Content A publication by a parents' group to support young adults with special needs. Provides 'thumb nail sketches' of individuals' experiences. Gives 'signposting information'.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Parents in Partnership (PIP) Croydon Tel: 020 8651 6198
L7: Your book for the future
Target Audience Young people with learning disabilities.
Content Ring-bound book, including a CD Rom. In accessible format, aimed at young people with learning disabilities. Gives local and national information. Includes cards with symbols that go with each section of the book. Written by 'Partnership with Parents'.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Partnership with Parents Furzefield Primary School Delabole Road Merstham Surrey, RH1 3PA Tel: 01737 737300
L8: Plymouth Pathway to Transition - Transitions for young people with learning disabilities.
Target Audience Families and professionals.
Content 48 page guide, covering all aspect of the transition process (including a Personal Action Plan).
Availability & Updates Available on the web.
Contact Plymouth HAZ - Plymouth Health Action Zone AND Connexions Cornwall & Devon (Plymouth Area) Plymouth Health Action Zone The Public Dispensary 18 Catherine Street Plymouth, PL1 2AD Tel: 01752 515470 Fax: 01752 515481 Web: www.phaz.org.uk
L9: Leaving School Opportunities for young people in the East of England. A directory of transition services for young people with special educational needs.
Target Audience Parents and carers.
Content Directory written for parents and carers primarily. Provides information to make the transition to adult life smooth, trouble-free as possible and as exciting as it should be. In two parts - booklet giving information about services and a local directory.
Availability & Updates  
Contact SEN (Eastern Region) Education and Library Services Southend Borough Council Civic Centre Victoria Avenue Southend on Sea, SS2 6ER Email: lyndaingham@Southend.gov.uk
L10: No Limits - Transition Information Pack
Target Audience Young people with a disability and/or a special need aged 14 - 9+.
Content A folder with leaflets on specific topics. A chart indicates which leaflets you need to look at for specific information. Also gives some national information.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Shaftesbury Society Christian Care in Action in association with ASK - Wiltshire's Children's Information Service Shaftesbury Christian Care in Action 16 Kingston Road London, SW19 1JZ Tel: 020 8239 555 Fax: 020 8239 5580 OR Shaftesbury Transition Project Burton Hill House School Malmesbury Wiltshire, SN16 0EG Tel: 01666 826709 Email: pvigneswaren@shaftesburysoc.org.uk
L11: Options for the Future - A what, when and how guide for parents as young disabled people make the transition to adult life.
Target Audience Parents and carers.
Content 129 page guide for parents of young disabled people. Very comprehensive guide. Children's version 'Your book for the future' listed under 'Partnership with Parents'. Updated 2007.
Availability & Updates Available on the web. (www.pwpsurrey.org)
Contact Surrey Children's Service Partnership with Parents Furzefield Primary School Delabole Road Merthsham Surrey, RH1 3PA Tel: 01737 737300
L12: Transition for children and young people with disabilities - A guide for parents and carers and Thinking about your future - A booklet about transition for young disabled people.
Target Audience Families of children and young people with disabilities aged 14-19.
Content 119 page report explaining transition process and what to expect at each stage, including choices. Details of local and national organisations and services. Also 40 page booklet for young disabled people to help them think about their future.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Swindon Borough Council Child Health Team, Swindon Housing and Social Services, Wat Tyler House, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH Tel: 01793 463 000 Web: www.swindon.gov.uk
Choices - Education & Employment
L13: What's Next? A parents' guide to life after school for young people with additional learning needs.
Target Audience Parents and carers.
Content This booklet aims to provide an overview of education, training and employment provision for young people with additional learning needs with some detail of the local area.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Connexions (Cornwall and Devon) Connexions Partnership Office Tamar Business Park Pennygillam Industrial Estate Launceston, PL15 7ED Tel: 01566 777672 Fax: 01566 777713 Freephone: 0800 9755111 (except mobiles) Email: partnership@connexions-cd.org.uk Web: www.connexions-cd.org.uk
L14: 2003 Forward
Target Audience Parents, carers and professionals.
Content Information about the transition process and options for parents and carers and professionals.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Connexions (West Midlands) Dudley and Wolverhampton Castlemill Burnt Tree Tipton West Midlands, DY4 7UF Tel: 0121 521 2300 Web: www.connexions.gov.uk
Changes - Health
L15: Help for Health
Target Audience Young people leaving school. Also useful for parents and carers.
Content Downloadable book produced for young people leaving school. Contains information about how to get help, support and advice about health matters. Gives local information for the Forth Valley area as well as national information. Includes specific advice for young people with learning disabilities. Produced as part of the 'Smoothing the Transition' project.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Forth Valley Primary Care NHS Trust Downloadable from: www.show.scot.nhs.uk/nhsfv/services/smoothtransition.htm
L16: Smoothing the Transition Guidelines - Smoothing the transition from child to adult health services for people with a learning disability in Forth Valley.
Target Audience Professionals.
Content Guidelines that make recommendations for good practice for health care staff. Also useful for other professionals.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Forth Valley Primary Care NHS Trust Area Community Child Health Department Stirling Royal Infirmary Livilands Stirling, FK8 2AU
Service and policy development - transition planning
L17: Transition Information Pack - For Young People with a Disability and/or a Special Need aged 14-19 years.
Target Audience Information pack for school leavers with disabilities aged 14-19.
Content Aim of pack is to give a starting point for gathering information and making plans.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Advice on Services for Kids Wyndhams St Joseph's Place Devizes, SN10 1DD Tel: 0345 585072 (UK only) Fax: 01390 722843 Email: askwiltshire@compuserve.com
L18: Transition Planning 13 to 19 - Guidelines to assist teamwork with young people who have complex disabilities.
Target Audience Professionals working with young people with complex disabilities between the ages of 13 and 19.
Content Extensive document, clearly produced. Encourages schools to be involved in order to meet the Code of Practice requirements that Transition Planning must include.
Availability & Updates Pack that can be downloaded from website or obtained on floppy disk by post. Includes guidelines to assist teamwork with young people who have complex disabilities. Guidance is specific to different professionals, young people, parents and friends. Information is not specific to the South West region. Links are proposed with 'Transactive'.
Contact SEN Regional Partnership (South West) and Sense and Connexions (Gloucestershire) SEN Regional Partnership (SW) Bishops Hull House Bishops Hull Taunton, TA1 5EP Tel: 01823 335491 Fax: 01823 323388 Web: www.sw-special.co.uk
L19: A short guide to Transition Planning for Schools
Target Audience Professionals in schools.
Content  
Availability & Updates Downloadable guide to transition planning for schools. Points to other relevant resources and links to a Transition Plan that can be customised for local use.
Contact SEN Regional Partnership (South West) SEN Regional Partnership (SW) Bishops Hull House Bishops Hull Taunton, TA1 5EP Web: www.sw-special.co.uk
L20: Information for parents/carers on the transition process - Helping you and your child prepared for the future.
Target Audience Parents and Carers.
Content Leaflet explains the transitional planning process and provides a checklist.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Surrey County Council Social Services Surrey Careers Services Ltd Head Office Farncombe Place 10 Farncombe Street Farncombe Godalming, GU7 3HE Tel: 01483 860668 Fax: 01483 414980
L21: Procedure for the Transition of Children with Disabilities from Children's Services to Community Care Services
Target Audience Professionals.
Content Procedures for professionals re transition of children with disabilities.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Surrey County Council Social Services Surrey Careers Services Ltd Head Office Farncombe Place 10 Farncombe Street Farncombe Godalming, GU7 3HE Tel: 01483 860668 Fax: 01483 414980 Web: www.surreycc.gov.uk/transition
L22: 2003 Forward
Target Audience Parents, carers and professionals.
Content Information about the transition process and options for parents and carers and professionals.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Connexions (West Midlands) Connexions Dudley and Wolverhampton Castlemill Burnt Tree Tipton West Midlands, DY4 7UF Tel: 0121 521 2300 Web: www.connexions.gov.uk
Service and policy development - Support
L23: Communication Choice and Control
Target Audience Parents, carers and professionals.
Content Information booklet about project which will make diaries for young people with disabilities in Surrey aged 16-19. Help to make young people communicate, help others understand their needs and organise their days.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Surrey Users Network Astolat, Coniers Way New Inn Lane Burpham Guildford Surrey, GU4 6HL Tel/minicom: 01483 456558 or 456559 Fax: 01483 456561 Email: sun@sun.org.uk
Service and policy development - transition planning - Multi-agency services
L24: Transition Services for Young Adults
Target Audience  
Content Information, presented in a multi-agency context on transition services.
Availability & Updates Website.
Contact Fusion-4 (Nottinghamshire County Council, Mansfield District Council, A Place to Call Our Own and Invest to Save Budget) Web: www.fusion-4.org.uk
Service and policy development - transition planning - Multi-agency working
L25: Transition planning 13 to 19 - Guidelines to assist team work with young people who have complex disabilities.
Target Audience Young people with complex disabilities, their families, schools, statutory agencies, careers professionals and voluntary agencies.
Content Pack includes guidance for all parties involved with transition planning.
Availability & Updates  
Contact Learning Partnership West, The SW co-ordination project, SENSE Web: www.sw-special.co.uk/Resources/GUIDAN.pdf