Leaving school is a big milestone in every young person’s life. It can be an exciting time but also a time of uncertainty as there are lots of options to think about and decisions to make about what to do next.
Our commitment to partnership and collaboration with families is deeply rooted in our history. Working through transitions in a way which values, empowers and respects families is fundamental to our approach. We value the huge commitment, energy and knowledge which families bring to the transitions process and ensure that they, together with the young person, remain at the heart of decisions about future support and lifestyle choices. We listen carefully to find out what will work best for them and use person-centred planning, with a focus on outcomes, to ensure we provide support in ways that give people real choice and control.
We have a range of person-centred planning tools available for young people and families, all of which can be tailored to the communication needs of each individual. Our staff development team are trained in the use of interactive and inclusive processes to help young people plan for a good life after school. Our facilitators have particular expertise and knowledge in the use of the Big Plan and individual person-centred planning processes such as MAPS and PATHS.
Our transitions support is underpinned by a focus on encouraging independence, developing skills, building relationships and social inclusion. It can include:
- Support to access recreational, sports and leisure pursuits in the local community
- Support to develop daily living skills related to managing finances and budgeting, household tasks, meal preparation etc.
- Support with personal development skills including personal safety, health and wellbeing, and social skills
- Opportunities to explore self-advocacy, information and communication technology, and computer based skills
- Vocational training and work experience to explore volunteer and work opportunities
- Opportunities for meeting people and developing relationships and connections.
Larger group planning activities can also be really useful in bringing together young people, families and a wider range of people to look at ways of supporting a young person to achieve what they want from life. We have extensive experience of using joint planning tools with young people and those important to them. This can be done for school year groups looking at their post-school options or as a group with shared interests looking to build connections with their community or explore local opportunities.
Our approach to supporting young people and their families through transitions is aligned with:
- The Scottish Transitions Forum’s 'Principles of Good Transitions' (2017) which includes early person-centred planning with children, young people and families
- The Scottish Government’s ‘The keys to life’ Learning Disability Strategy (2013) which advocates for earlier, smoother and clearer transition pathways in order to facilitate positive destinations and outcomes
- The Scottish Government’s ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ (GIRFEC) approach (2012), which guides support agencies on how to work with each child/young person and their family to deliver support built around their outcomes, whilst maximising choice and promoting their wellbeing and life chances
- Skills for Scotland: A Lifelong Skills Strategy (2010), the Scottish Government’s overarching strategy for ensuring positive destinations for all young people aged 16-24.