Transition to adulthood

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Summary of report content

Transition from Children's Services to Adult Services and preparation for adulthood is incredibly important for children and young people with Autism. Co-operation between the relevant authorities is crucial if the person is to fulfill their life potential. Local Authority Children's and Adult Services, Children's Health Services and Social Care all need to play a part. The key findings in this report include social workers do not always have the time to build relationships with their clients. They can fail to recognise their parents as 'experts' on their child, or even post 18 exclude them from the transition plan process. Other government agencies, notably, the Department for Work and Pensions still regard the parents as responsible, this is both perplexing and disempowering for them. The Local Authority have been pro-active in engaging with parents in the Local Offer, Personal Budgets and EHCP, together with Short Breaks through Parents Voice Isle of Wight. Confusion on what is the right terminology, use of language, access to advice and rights, advocacy together with general communication issues can leave parents and carers disillusioned with services, or feeling like they have to 'fight' every step of the way to the the services their loved ones need.

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General details

Report title 
Transition to adulthood
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Isle of Wight
Date of publication 
Monday, 30 November, 2015
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 30 November, 2015
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 30 November, 2015
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Information providing
Public involvement
Quality of care
Quality of staffing
Staff attitudes
Staff levels
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6217

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
Primary research method used 
Observation
Structured interview
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Survey
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Social care services 
Children services

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Not known
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
N/A
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Yes
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.