Transition Advice

Transition is about growing up and becoming an adult- an exciting, but challenging time. There are so many changes and choices that need to be considered. For young people with special educational and additional needs and their parents/carers, we understand that it can also be an anxious time.

The best way to ensure a smooth and positive transition and to receive the right support you need to have the right information and be prepared for the journey.

These pages offer advice and information about the transition process and how to make successful plans for the future.

Education Resources

Download Fact Sheets

The association of national specialist colleges:

About ASDAN Qualifications:


Health Resources

Care Resources

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Self Directed Support

In Control and Mencap have developed a series of fact sheets with accessible information for everyone who wants to direct their own support.  These are available on:

Additional Downloads include;

How to make a support plan:

01. Introduction to self-directed support  

This fact sheet tells you what self-directed support is and how it works. It gives links to other fact sheets and resources.

02. Where do I start?

This fact sheet tells you how you can get started with self-directed support. It gives links to other fact sheets and resources with more detailed information.

03. My money, self-assessment  

This fact sheet tells you about self-assessment and resource allocation. You start by filling out a form – often called a ‘self-assessment form’.

04. What if I disagree?  

When you’ve done your self-assessment form and the local authority has given you an ‘indicative’ budget (an amount that may still change), you make a support plan. This fact sheet tells you what you can do if you don’t think you agree with the amount in your resource allocation.

05. How to make a support plan 

You are ready to write your support plan when your local authority has given you an idea of how much your personal budget is. This fact sheet tells you how to make a support plan and what you need to put in it.

06. Support brokers

Some people can plan and organise their own support without any help. Others want help from ‘support brokers’. This fact sheet tells you about what support brokerage is and who you might choose as a support broker.

07. Getting my plan agreed  – 

08. Organising my money  

09. Organising support  

10. Thinking outside the box  – 

11. Living the life you want  – 

12. Seeing how it worked-review  

13. Personal budgets, individual budgets and direct payments  – 

14. Criminal Records Bureau CRB Checks  

15. Transport – getting out and about  – 

16. Managing risks and safeguarding  – 

17. Stuff or staff – equipment and technology  

18. Housing  – 

19. Jobs  

20. History of the social care system  – 

21. shop4support  – 

22. Money – resource allocation  – 

23. Organising Support – Do It Yourself  

24. Using a support provider  

25. Opening a bank account  

26. Fair Access to Care  

27. Disabled Facilities Grants  

28. Personal Health Budgets  – 

29. Postural care  – 

30. Short breaks  – 

31. Community equipment  – 

32. Reablement  

33. Wills and Trusts  

34. Person centred planning  

35. Personal Budgets and older people  – 

36. Mental health and self-directed support  

37. Micro enterprises  

38. Friendship and relationships  

39. Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)  

40. Getting involved in your community  

41. Five ways to wellbeing  – 

42. How to give something back to your community  

43. Self-directed support and BME communities  

44. Employing your own staff  

45. The Mental Capacity Act 2005