In Fife, a wide range of organisations and groups support young people to make the transition into adulthood. These include Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, Fife Education and Children’s Services, voluntary and independent organisations. In 2012 to guide their work and ensure a consistent standard of service is provided a ‘Charter for Transition’ and the Moving On website were produced with information to help in the decision-making process. The Charter sets out four clear standards of care and support which young people and families can expect during transition.
The four standards are:
- The support the young person gets meets their particular needs. Parents, carers and the young person, will be involved in deciding what these are.
- Parents and carers have the information they need to make decisions as their son or daughter moves from school and children’s services to adult services.
- Everyone that is involved in the young person’s care will help plan what will work best for them.
- The young person will get the right support at the right time as they move from one service to another.
A copy of the charter can be downloaded from the Moving On website at www.fifedirect.org.uk/movingon
Since the introduction of the Charter for Transition new legislation has been developed and social work adult and children services in Fife have integrated into new partnership arrangements with Health and Education. Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Fife Education and Children’s Services are now ready to evaluate the effectiveness of the tools they use to support transitions. This includes the Charter and website. In order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the experiences of young people and their families as they go through transition, this evaluation will include consultation with young people, families and practitioners involved in the transitions process.
This evaluation will highlight examples of good practice and identify potential areas for improvement and recommendations for updating the available transitions resources in line with recent legislation changes. ARC Scotland is supporting the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Fife Education and Children’s Services to undertake this evaluation.