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Rotherham Adult Transitions Team

Transition is the period of time when young people are moving from childhood into adulthood. Council services for adults are different from those for children, so it's important that young adults get the support they need during this time. This is a very important stage in a young person's life because they need to make plans for their future care arrangements.

Who is eligible for support?

Support is available for young people approaching adulthood and:

  • live with a disability
  • are a young carer and care for an adult with a disability
  • have other problems (for example autism, mental health problems or illness) then you may be eligible for care and support
  • they do not need to have had support from Children’s Services

The right help at the right time

Good planning for a transition will help a young person to lead a more enjoyable and fulfilling life adult life. To design the right care and support plan, the team will carry out a transition assessment to find out just what help they will need as they approach adulthood.

When will an assessment be completed?

The young person will be assessed at a time that works them. For example, they would not be assessed when preparing for exams or coping with medical treatment. If they feel they need extra support such as an advocate the team will ensure time is given for you to get to know their advocate.

The team will start the assessment by attending some existing meetings, such as school reviews, between age 14 to 16 so the young person can get to know them.

They aim to finish the assessment by age 17 and a half, but this is not the case for everyone.

The transition assessment

The assessment will be based on what the young person needs, wants and hopes for as they begin adult life. It will consider their wellbeing, including building a fulfilling social life and making a contribution to society, as well as basic living needs.

The team

The team are a mix of social workers and support planners who can undertake assessments, provide information and advice and help write a support plan.

Identified needs

The assessment identifies what the young person’s needs are. The team will then work with them and perhaps family members, carer or someone who knows them well to build a transition plan.

The team will consider the identified needs and look at the help and support available including friends, local community services and specialist help if needed. If needs change over time, the support plan will change too.

If it does not result in services, the tam will explain why this decision has been made and provide information and advice explaining other support that may be provided by other organisations such as the voluntary sector.


Adult social care is not free and there are charges for some of the services that are provided. However, no-one has to pay more than they can afford and the amount payable is based on a financial assessment. As well as help with budgeting, the team also offer advice on benefit entitlement.

Refer to Single Point of Access