Parent Information - Process Northern Ireland
The process of transitioning from school to adult services for young people with a Statement of Special Educational Needs starts in Year 10 when they are 14. A transition planning review is organised by an Education Authority Transition Co-ordinator and this meeting will take place at the school. This is probably the first time you and your son or daughter will be asked to consider what options might be suitable post school. At this meeting the Annual Review of your young adults Statement of Special Educational Needs is also carried out and updated if required. Meetings will be held with Transition Co-ordinators and the school on an ongoing basis up to leaving school, this can involve 2 or 3+ reviews each year. While this might seem very early to start planning for leaving school, as there are probably another 5 years left at school, it is important to begin to plan and prepare early.
The Transition Planning Review is a legal requirement and all young people with a Statement of Special Educational Needs and their parents/carers will be invited by the Transition Co-ordinator to attend the meeting. Prior to the meeting the Transition Co-ordinator who has been allocated to your young adult will write to you with details about the process, their role and what to expect. At the meeting it is likely there will be a number of other people there, some you will already know, and others will be new to you. People who may attend include the Principal, Class teacher, your Social Worker, a Transition Co-ordinator, Careers Advisor and other professionals that work with your son/daughter e.g. an Occupational Therapist, voluntary organisations that are offering a transition service.
Following the meeting a Transition Plan will be created by the Transition Co-ordinator and you will receive a copy to sign and return. The plan will be updated on a regular basis to reflect how your son/daughter is progressing in areas such as literacy, numeracy, independence and social/communication areas and highlight any changes such as health needs, family circumstances or concerns. It will include your options and preferences for where your son or daughter will transition to, this will also be regularly reviewed and you can change your preferences right up to the last term in school.
Parent Information - Process Ireland
In Ireland, the transition process is not yet standardised and details can vary depending on where and what type of setting your child attends. The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) recommend that final preparations for leaving school take place a year in advance of transition. However, families and schools should begin thinking about transition 2-3 years before leaving school. This planning should include the young person, parents or advocate(s), and any relevant multidisciplinary team members.
Students with disabilities in Ireland can attend school until the end of the year in which they turn 18. Beyond that, there are many different options depending on the individual’s interests, strengths and needs. Some individuals will progress to some form of further education or employment, and some individuals will require a different type of support, such as a day service.