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Transition to adult learning disability services for parents and carers

What is transition?

In healthcare, we use the word transition to describe the process of preparing, planning and moving from children’s to adult services. Transition is a gradual process that gives you, and everyone involved in your child’s care, time to get ready to move to adult services and discuss
what healthcare and support is required now your child is becoming an adult.

Transition is about making plans with you and your child.

My child is 16 to 19 years old, should their care be moving to adult services?

Your team should be planning for your child’s transition. If they have not mentioned it to you yet, ask them at your next appointment.

What are the normal transition arrangements?

As your child approaches 18, staff from the LDMH team will discuss your child’s healthcare provision with you.

The staff will meet with the staff from adult services to discus your child’s needs.

Who can help us get ready?

The learning disability mental health (LDMH) team at CAMHS will be able to give you information and support by:

  • Discussing options for your child post for after they become 16 to 18 years old
  • Advising you about how to talk with your child about transition
  • Making sure you know who to contact in an emergency
  • Making sure you know what support networks are available

Who are involved?

  • Mental health workers
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Community learning disability teams
  • Carers’ development workers
  • Speech therapists
  • Intensive support service
  • Occupational therapists
  • Community nurses

What will be different in the adult services?

The community learning disability team is an umbrella organization which provides specialist services for adults with a learning disability.

Questions you might like to ask the LDMH team

What is the plan for my child’s transition?

When will my child move to adult services?

What is different about the adult service?

Can I meet the adult staff before my child leaves children’s services?

Can we visit the adult service to have a look around?

Is there anything I need to know before my child moves to the adult service?

Contact us

If you have any more questions or concerns, please contact the LDMH team on 0114 226 2788.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: LDM11

Resource Type: Article

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