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Agenda and draft minutes

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Contact: Dominic O'Brien, Principal Scrutiny Officer 

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Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors da Costa and Peacock.


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Transitions Project Update pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To provide a progress update on the developments to date and next steps of the transitions project ‘Preparing for Adulthood’.

(To be considered jointly with the Children & Young People’s Scrutiny Panel)



(Considered jointly with the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel)


The Panel received an update on the Transitions project.  It was noted that the project was intended to help better prepare young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities for adult life.  John Everson, Assistant Director for Adults, reported that the project had made some real achievements but there were still challenges to be met and further work would therefore be taking place to address them.  The project had been a collaborative piece of work between the Children and Young People’s and Adult Services.


The Panel noted that there had been a number of achievements by the project during the past year:

·         A transitions protocol had been developed with NHS services to ensure joint working to plan progression to adulthood;

·         Funding had been obtained from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide employment placements via my AFK for 27 people with disabilities;

·         Agreement had been reached with NHS partners on an improved referral pathway for Continuing Health Care to ensure continuity of services for people that receive funding from NHS; 

·         Free mental health support had been secured for people aged 16 and above to access the Haringey Well-Being Network;

·         Training had been provided for staff and partners to enhance their knowledge so that they were better able to signpost to community services.  Training had also been provided for commissioning staff to assist them in understanding user needs and negotiating the cost of care packages with providers;

·         Work had taken place with children’s mental health services to ensure improved referral routes to adult social care for assessments;

·         The IT system had been updated to improve recording of transitions information for young people; and

·         A monthly transitions co-production group had been established with families and staff.


There had been a number of achievements by the Transitions Reference Group through co-production, which included:

·         An “Apps for Social Care” web page that was developed for service users to promote independence.  A “Moving On” tool was also developed for young people to find disability well-being information more easily;

·         Improved information and signposting on SEND issues, such as post 16 choices, colleges and employment, had been provided as well  details of relevant adult social care websites; and

·         Surveys had been undertaken to improve SEND information and a Transitions Pathway Guide published and widely distributed.


Parents and carers had been listened to and gaps in support identified.   In particular, a need to improve housing and employment support had been identified. In respect of autism, the care packages provided for adults were not necessarily the best option for them.  The outcomes that were being aimed for included a reduction in isolation, greater independence, promotion and maintenance of employment and better management of money.  A range of further work was planned for 2019.


In answer to a question, Gill Gibson (Assistant Director for Early Help and Prevention) reported that it was known that there was a “cliff edge” for young people when they reached the age of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.