Helpingyoung peoplewith learningdisabilities, orphysical or sensoryimpairmentsunderstand all theoptions availablemoving intoadulthoodThe AdultTransition TeamOffering informationand advice on:• further education• jobs• housing• getting around• personal care and support• money matters• healthCOUNTY COUNCILSURREYMaking Surrey a better placewww.surreycc.gov.uk
2Moving into adulthoodMoving from children’s services to receiving supportfrom adult services is called transition. This canbe an anxious time for young people with learningdisabilities, or physical or sensory impairments.You may be unsure about what to expect andwhat help may be available to plan for the future.There may be uncertainty about the roles of different agencies and the support that can be given.TransitionserviceThe Transition serviceincludes:• the Transition Team• Children’s services• Education services• Partnership withParents.What is theTransition Teamand who canwe help?The countywide teamis made up of staff whounderstand the needsof people with learningdisabilities and, physicaland sensory impairments.We work with young people betweenthe ages of 14 and 25 years old, who have beenidentified as needing ongoing care and support services in adulthood.We will also work together with young people to assess whether theyqualify for adult social care and support services if they have notpreviously received them.During this time we work in partnership with the children’s team and theSpecial Educational Needs (SEN) teams. The children’s team will haveoverall responsibility until you are 18 years old.
We also assist parent carers or other carers and can provide a servicedirectly to them. In many cases, if carers are given enough support andrespite to maintain their own health and wellbeing, they are able andwilling to continue their caring role.3What can we do for you?Self Directed Support (SDS) is the way thatSurrey County Council delivers care and supportservices to adults and their carers who areeligible. It aims to give you greater control overhow your support needs are met.Self Directed Support and social care servicesare available to people who need some helpor support to manage day to day activities andtasks that are part of everyday life, such aswashing and dressing, help with eating anddrinking, getting out and about and being partof the local community.Support to carers can be given to helpthem continue to carry out their caringrole, and maintain their life outsideof their caring role.
Forfurther informationPlease read our publication entitled ‘SelfDirected Support – a guide for people withsocial care needs and carers.’ This is widelyavailable in the community or contact our AdultSocial Care team on 0300 200 1005 (linesopen Monday – Friday, 8am - 6pm)or visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/selfdirectedsupport.AnnualSchoolReviewWhen will we meet you?We aim to meet all young people at least once ayear at their annual school review from Year 9 (age 14).However, you can contact us to discuss changes duringthe year.If you require services after your 18th birthday we will need towork with you to ensure your needs are met. We can meetyou to look at your individual needs.You are always welcome to contact the team ifyou have any questions by:Telephone: 01276 800270Email: email@example.comAims to: • check your progress • understand your future needs • give you an opportunity to express your view.
Who we work with?We work with many different agencies as partners. These include:• Health colleagues, who can provide relevant services, such astherapy services and special community health teams for people withlearning disabilities. We are working with local GP commissioningagencies to develop services for local areas• Education colleagues, and specialist schools and colleges – yourschool will remain your main point of contact at this time. We willcontinue to work with you in your education setting (school or college)• Special Education Needs teams, who identify young people fromtheir register who may be eligible for Adult Social Care support orservices• Connexions - provides information and advice for young people. Theyhelp you decide what your next steps in education could be or finding ajob and much more• EmployAbility - works with colleges and school leavers withlearning disabilities to help them find meaningful full or part time paidemployment and make the transition from school to employment apositive experience. EmployAbility also works with young people withlearning disabilities who are leaving or have left school• Money management and benefits – the Finance Assessments andBenefits team provide financial assessments and welfare benefitservices to people who use our services and their carers• Advocacy services - an advocate is someone who is trained to listenso they can support you. They can speak with you or if you want theycan speak on your behalf. They are not usually legally trained and theirloyalty is with you. If you need help to make a complaint or to receivethe services you need, then having an advocate who understands thesystem, and is there to support you, can be a great help. We work withtwo providers of advocacy, VoiceAbility (previously Advocacy Partners)who cover the North East of the county (www.voiceability.org) and JustAdvocacy who cover West of the county (www.justadvocacy.org.uk)• Catch22 - 18plus (a national young person’s charity) is currentlyproviding the leaving cares services on behalf of Surrey CountyCouncil for young people aged 18 - 21 years (24 years if in Further/Higher Education) who have been ‘in care’ and support youngpeople in their transition to independent living from the ‘Looked After’Children’s Service’• Housing options - we work the District and Borough Councils tosupport you with your housing options.5
6Who can you talk to?In addition to the Transition Team there is alot of other support and further informationavailable.Connexionsfor education and employmentinformation and advice. Visitwww.connexionssurrey.co.ukor call the team on01483 519333.EmployAbilityfor support with findingemployment.Contact the team on01483 519690 or writeto: EmployAbility,Quadrant Court,35 Guildford Road,Woking, Surrey,GU22 7QQ.Local voluntary organisations: canoffer independent and free advice aboutyour financial assessment. These include:• Citizen’s Advice Bureaux (CAB) – visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ to find your local service• Mencap – call 030 333 1111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org• Action for Carers Surrey – call01483 302748 or email ACS@actionforcarers.org.uk• Surrey Young Carers – call 01483568269 or email email@example.com• Surrey Coalition of DisabledPeople – call 01483 456558 or firstname.lastname@example.org
7Comments, complimentsand complaintsWe welcome yourcomments, complimentsand complaints as theyhelp us to improve sothat we can serve youbetter. You can give usyour feedback online atwww.surreycc.gov.uk/complaints or request anAdults Services Customerfeedback form from theContact Centre on0300 200 1005.SurreyIndependentLiving Council (SILC)provides advice on theuse of personal budgets anddirect payments from socialcare services, and providesinformation, advice and trainingon recruiting and employingpersonal assistants.Visit www.surreyilc.org.uk or contactthem on 01483 458111.SurreyInformation Pointis a free online directoryof information, services,organisations and activities tosupport adults in Surrey tolive independently. Visitwww.surreyinformationpoint.org.uk.
If you would like this information in largeprint, Braille, on tape or in anotherlanguage please contact us on:Tel: 03456 009 009Minicom: 020 8541 9698Fax: 020 8541 9575Email: email@example.comContact the Transition Teamon 01276 800270 or email:firstname.lastname@example.orgCreatedbytheCommunicationsDesignTeam.03.11.AD.CS2016.