Preparation for Adulthood and Transition Task and Finish Background
On the 1st July 2014 parent carers came together and met with Dudley MBC officers Helen Ellis, Divisional Lead for Integrated Youth Support, Sue Powell from Connexions and John Cunningham the 16-19 Funding and Commissioning Manager to discuss issues regarding the transition process. It was an opportunity to have open and honest discussions and for the forum to act as a critical friend, be solution focused and influence services to get things right.
The group came together regularly over the last two years and as a result has enabled parents to become more informed about the role of Connexions and post 16 funding and better understand how decisions are made regarding transition.
Transition from school to college is an area that parents get concerned over. Sue Powell invited representatives from Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge colleges to join in the discussions. It gave the colleges an opportunity to explain the process and parents an opportunity to share their perspectives and experiences.
By coming together with service providers, parents have been able to influence and inform policies and work with colleges to explore solutions to issues such as parking. Through having a better understanding they become advocates for the transition process. Colleges gain better understanding of parent’s needs, issues they have never considered and are making changes to alleviate them.
These sessions are all about working together with parent carers to make transition as smooth as possible, talking about policies and being more transparent about what the council is doing and communicating what statutory legislation that cannot be influenced are all about. The feedback from both professionals and parents has been overwhelmingly positive.
Positive feedback from a parent –
“I genuinely love having John, Sue and Helen at the meetings…it’s a brilliant group and one I’m proud to say that I’ve been a part of.”
Positive feedback from an officer –
“I genuinely enjoy attending these meetings and appreciate the honesty of the parents involved.”
Transition Task Group was the most productive of the Task and Finish Groups. With the introduction of Preparation for Adulthood priorities by National Government and following a LGA peer review. in Dudley it was agreed that the transition group would be renamed preparation for adulthood and the additional duties included in the terms of reference and associated action plan.
As of September 2014, when the Children and Families Act 2014 was introduced, new duties were put in place to ensure that Preparing for Adulthood outcomes focus on person-centred reviews from year 9 onward.
To find out more read our minutes below: