The Scottish Government has published a Statement of Intent summarising research and engagement to date on developing Scotland’s first National Transitions to Adulthood Strategy.
The statement sets out actions taken so far and what the Scottish Government has heard it should focus on in developing a strategy to improve the lived experiences of transitions for Scotland’s disabled young people.
Why do we need a strategy?
The Scottish Government are aware, through their research and engagement, that common experiences of the transition to adulthood for disabled young people can include:
- stress and uncertainty for the young person;
- difficulties transferring from child to adult services;
- changes in eligibility for services, and support arrangements;
- a sharp drop in support;
- inadequate transitions planning;
- lack of clear information about the transitions process;
- lack of joined-up working (such as communication and collaboration) between services and other partners;
- inadequate account being taken of young people’s capabilities, views, needs and aspirations; and
- stress and difficulties faced by family members relating to their young person’s transition.
It is the intention of the Scottish Government to change this narrative and they are determined to make the transitions journey for every disabled young person a smoother and more positive one.
CLICK HERE to read the summary of the statement that has been published.
CLICK HERE to view the easy read version of the statement that has been published.