If your child is living away from home, for example at a residential school or health unit, you may need some extra support with transition and planning for the future. The residential school should arrange a transition review, but your home area should also be fully involved in review meetings and plans. If your child is ‘looked after' then plans for leaving care should run in parallel to the school transition planning.
If the plan is for your son or daughter to return to your home area, it is particularly important that there is proper planning so that they are well prepared for the changes. However, it can sometimes be difficult to keep your child involved in planning if they live a long way from home.
Many parents have found that representatives from their local area do not attend meetings at a residential school or health unit. Make sure that you contact your local area to check who is going to attend meetings well in advance. Be clear who will take on the different roles in the plan – for example, check if the school will support your son or daughter to visit colleges and adult health and social care services.