It is crucial that you and your son or daughter attend the transition review with key members of school staff. A range of other professionals should also be involved.
Before the year 9 school review, children's social care will be informed by your son or daughter's school that the transition process is beginning. If it is felt that your family will need social care support in the future, then social care services will be invited to attend the meeting to discuss how they will be able to meet your son or daughter's needs when they become an adult.
Whilst it is usually someone from the children's social care team that will attend the year 9 review, the structure of children and adult social care teams varies between areas. Some areas have specific transition workers whose job it is to help young people with a learning disability and their families to plan for adult life, and they will attend your son or daughter's reviews instead.
Other professionals and agencies, such as health and housing, should also be invited to contribute to the planning meeting. Parents have told Mencap that these other services do not always attend review meetings and that this can be a source of frustration. It is worth checking who is coming with the school in advance, and if necessary you can phone the other services directly to say that you would like a worker to attend. In England, a Connexions worker must attend the year 9 review.
You can also tell the school if you would like other professionals to attend. For example, there might be a member of staff from an after school club or a short break service that knows your son or daughter particularly well. They can play a role in supporting the planning, particularly if your son or daughter has profound and multiple learning disabilities and is less able to communicate their wishes for the future.
Check if you have a transition worker or team in your local area. Some are based in children's services, others in adult services.