Transitions into adulthood

Transition means a period of change.

For children and young people with a disability, when we talk about transition we mean the change from being a teenager to being an adult, and from moving on from children's services to adults services. During this period young people can experience changes in lots of areas of their lives. These changes may include:

  • leaving education
  • thinking about starting a job or work experience
  • changes to their state benefits and finances
  • moving into new accommodation
  • changes to health and medical services
  • changes in any social care support
  • changes to personal relationships.

It's a time when young people gain new rights and responsibilities. This transition can be an exciting time for young people, but it can also be a worrying time as young people move on from familiar people and places and face new challenges. 

How does it work?

Transition begins in the school year in which the child has their 14th birthday and finishes at the end of the school year in which they have their 25th birthday. The support young people receive will change during this time and the Council's Adult Social Care Team will provide the support instead of Children’s Services. 

The Local Offer website for Kingston and Richmond provides information on local services and support available for families including children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs or disabilities.


Useful contacts:

Richmond Council Adult Access Team
Address: Adult Social Services, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ
Phone: 020 8891 7971
Minicom: 18001 020 8891 7971

Achieving for Children
Address: Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ
Phone: 020 8891 1411