Transitions of Children and Young People
with Disabilities to Adulthood
The Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership oversees a number of Northern Ireland wide subgroups established to take forward integrated planning on a Northern Ireland wide basis, including a regional sub group on Transition. This group will focus in the first instance on the transition of disabled young people to adulthood.
Statutory agencies have specific duties to promote the welfare of children and young people with disabilities, through a number of different pieces of legislation. It is universally agreed that there is a great need for better coordination of supports and services for children and young people with disabilities and their families, but that this has yet to be achieved in Northern Ireland.
Nominated representatives from the statutory, voluntary, and community sectors across Northern Ireland who are concerned with improving the transition of young disabled people to adulthood make up this Sub Group. This Sub Group will plan what needs to change to address the rights and needs of young disabled people at transition to adulthood and improve their outcomes, focussing on those issues that must be addressed at a Northern Ireland level.
The Sub Group will produce an action plan that will set out what it will do to ensure that the outcomes for young disabled people at transition to adulthood are improved. The Sub Group will decide on a set of indicators which will be used to measure how well young disabled people at transition to adulthood are doing in Northern Ireland over time. This will help the Sub Group know if its joint work is changing the lives of young disabled people at transition to adulthood for the better.
The Sub Group will work closely with the Outcomes Groups to ensure that outcomes for young disabled people at transition to adulthood are addressed at local level as well as at Northern Ireland level.