Islington Council and Health partners are committed to developing clear and transparent pathways with service users to support young people with SEND who may need ongoing care and support to move seamlessly into adult services.
Over the next 12 months’ partners will be developing an All Age Disability Strategy (April 2020) setting out the vision for how services support young people with SEND as they move into adulthood. This will see a shift away from services based on diagnosis towards a more individualised approach based on need.
This page sets out our current Transition pathways for young people with different areas of need so that young people who are currently approaching adulthood and their parents and carers can feel well supported and have comprehensive information and to help this process.
Current pathways set out the offer for the four areas identified by Government in the SEND Code of Practice:
- Cognition and Learning (Learning Difficulties)
- Communication and Interaction (incl. Speech and Language Difficulties and Autism)
- Sensory and Physical Impairment (Physical disability, hearing and visual impairment)
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health
In addition, we have also set out the Transition Process to move from Children’s Continuing Care to Continuing Healthcare. This protocol is North Central London-wide.
Current pathways for learning and cognition are through Islington Learning Disability Partnership (ILDP).
Currently, access / support for speech and language and communication difficulties, high functioning Autism and sensory and physical impairment is via same pathway [i.e. Adult Social Care Single Point of Access, which feeds referrals into North and South Locality Teams].
The Transition Protocol Social and Emotional Mental Health is a joint protocol across CAMHS (provided by Whittington Health) AMHS (provided by Camden and Islington Foundation Trust), Islington CCG and LBI. This protocol is newly established and will be reviewed annually.
The Islington Multi-agency Progression to Adulthood Protocol outlines the specific roles and responsibilities of each agency at each stage of the transition process so that they can work together to support the young person at the centre. It is intended to be the driving force for improving young people’s experience of Transition in Islington.