TCELT Research Seminar

Seminar 1: Transition to adulthood for young people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities

Presenter: Paula Jacobs

The transition to adulthood has been described as the “black hole” in the lives of individuals with intellectual disability and their families. There has been little emphasis on young people with severe or profound intellectual disability in previous research, even though their pathways may differ, due to greater support needs, dependency on others across the life course and difficulties in accessing further education or achieving employment. This presentation is based on Paula’s PhD which focussed on transitions of young people and adults with severe or profound learning disabilities. She will present findings from her literature review and multiple case studies following three young people, their parents and professionals involved, through the transition process from school to adult services.

Biography: Paula worked within Learning Disabilities and Residential Care for 9 years before starting her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in September 2016. She is halfway through her project and has just started her second study that looks at transitions within adult services, such as moving out of the parental home or moving from one adult service to another. A third study (transition into older age) is in preparation.

Seminar 2: Experiences of Transitions to Adult Years and Adult Services

Presenter: James Cox

The second presentation refers to a small qualitative study about transitions to adult years and services commissioned by Scottish Government and completed by the Health and Social Care Alliance between July 2016 and March 2017. The Alliance/Scottish Government study was launched by Minister for Childcare and Early Years in May 2017 and has been one of the strands of influence in the development of the national Framework to Support Disabled Children, Young People and their Families, due to be published following consultation in 2018.

The study was primarily based upon the experience of some 30 individuals and families for whom the transition paths to adult years and services has been impacted by a wide spectrum of interacting disabilities. The geographical study area covered 5 authorities in south-east Scotland. The age span of most participants was 15-24 although younger siblings and older participants contributed, alongside parents, family members and carers. Participants came from a diversity of family structure; home base; economic opportunity; rural/urban location; legal situation and stage in transition. The views of professionals and managers from a wide range of statutory and third sector agencies were taken in to account. Practical recommendations supported: the application of the Getting it Right for Every Child Wellbeing indicators in transitional planning across services; value of a lead professional when there are interlocking services in transitions planning; the adoption of Principles of Good Transitions as a standard approach; consideration of ways to enhance access to information; pre and post qualifying training across services in relation transitions ; consideration of family group decision making as a vehicle for co-produced transition planning ; and some structural and resourcing reflections.

James will argue that there are themes picked out in Paula Jacob's work and in the Alliance study which are of generic relevance across a spectrum of transitional work; and have cross cutting relevance within policy development and practice learning.

Biography: James is an independent social worker, currently also working as an associate tutor and module leader for social work MSc and BA programmes at University of Dundee. He has worked in social work and social care, primarily in the statutory sector, for more than 30 years.

Tickets: Free