Scottish Transition Forum – June Newsletter

Welcome to our June newsletter!

We are:

  • Engaging with young people and families across Scotland about the Principles of Good Transitions 3 and transitions in a wider sense.
  • Discussing opportunities to help roll out the completed pilot training programmes around transitions to colleges in Scotland..
  • Travelling around Scotland with our photography exhibition
  • Working alongside 7 Local Authority partners to support transitions in their areas.
  • Completed a national mapping project due to launch on the 14th of July.
  • Engaging with government colleagues and members exploring ways in which we can guarantee accountability for transitions in Scotland
  • Working alongside the Keys to Life strategy, Autism strategy, Disabled Young Peoples Advisory Group, Self Directed Support projects and Scottish Government directorates. Helping to explore ways in which they can have a better grasp of what transitions means for young people with Additional Support Needs

In this newsletter you will find:

Thank you for your continued support.

STF National Event 14th of July, Edinburgh

We are hosting an event at Norton Park on the 14th of July that:

  • Launches the Ground breaking report from the National Transitions Mapping project carried out by Simon Jacquet
  • Explores opportunities presented by a new funded scheme aimed at supporting transitions
  • Exploring where next for the transitions forum with our regular updates
  • An opportunity to network with others in this area.
  • Opportunities to discuss the findings, recommendations and presentations and what this may mean for you.

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Seeking to speak to Young people and those who support them 

STF are seeking to speak to a range of young people aged 15-21 and their families from across Scotland.

We would like to explore their experience of transitions to help support a new initiative being developed.

We would like any member organisations who work with this demographic or families and young people to contact us directly if they are want to be involved.


Contact us to find out more
Autism & Transitions: Understanding your role training, Angus

In partnership with Autism Network Scotland we will be delivering  2 x half day sessions for parents and carers in the Borders on the 30th August around the subject of transitions and Autism.

Click on the links below for more information and to book your place.


To find out more or book a place
Opportunity to host our photography exhibition


Our travelling exhibition features photography from the Principles of Good Transitions 3 publication and will continue throughout 2017.

We are still seeking hosts from across Scotland who would like to display this photography from July onwards. This can be as a stand alone exhibition to help raise awareness about transitions or as part of a bespoke event.


Please get in touch if you are interested and we will be happy to discuss in more detail.

The picture below was taken at Borders College.

Get in touch about being a host
Helping to get transitions right at Borders College
Arc have been engaging with Colleges to help explore and  understand the importance of transition. Video links to youtube.
A journey In My Wheels – A blog about meeting life head on  

I had the Pleasure of hearing about Claire’s transitions journey on the PITL conference on Thursday. In her own words:


“I’m 22 years old. I was born with muscle weakness and the inability of not being able to walk or weight bear at all. This means that I have been a 24/7 wheelchair user since I was 3 years old. As well as my muscle weakness I can have many health issues arise that effect my breathing and other aspects of my life. However I have never let any of this stop me from achieving what I want to achieve in my life and after completing going through mainstream primary school and secondary school I went on to university and graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Applied Computing.”

I thought our members might be interested in what she has to say about her transitions experience and some of the challenges she faced on her blog page.


Check out Claire’s Blog
Alliance Report – Experiences of Transitions to Adult Years and Adult Services.

Small cohort qualitative study.

The ALLIANCE have published a new report: “Experiences of Transitions to Adult Years and Adult Services.”

This small central belt qualitative study focuses on transitions to adult years and services and was commissioned by Scottish Government and completed between July 2016 and March 2017. The study is based upon the experience of 30 individuals and families for whom the transition paths to adult years and services has been impacted by a broad spectrum of complex and interacting disabilities.

The recommendations will come as no surprise to STF members as they reflect the Principles of Good Transitions:

·         The central place of the national Wellbeing indicators

·         Principles of Good Transitions 3

·         Information for children, young people and families

·         Training

·         Outreach

·         Co-ordination and Point of Contact

·         Structures

·         Planning in Partnership: Family Group Decision Making

·         Resourcing of respite and short breaks

Download the report
Consultation on Scotland’s Ten Year Strategy for the Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs 2017-2026

This Strategy for 2017-2026 aims to support improved outcomes for children and young people with complex additional support needs through strategic commissioning of national services with particular focus on the provision of education.

The strategy is based on recommendations made in the Doran Review published in November 2012. While this strategy also recognises the critical role played by social services and health in supporting educational outcomes, the strategy is set within the context of The Additional Support for Learning Act 2004.

The National Improvement Framework and Curriculum for Excellence apply to all children and young people including those with complex additional support needs. Given that these needs are of relatively low incidence and attract a high level of resourcing and require specialist input, Scottish education requires a particular strategy to ensure that the needs of this group are met. This strategy sets out how this will be addressed over the next decade.

The aims of the consultation on the proposed strategy are:

  • Gain feedback from the wider stakeholder group including professionals and parents/carers on whether the overall strategy is robust and will support the delivery of the aims and objectives.
  • To gather views/opinions on how the strategy can build capacity – especially around identification of the types of services/provision that are needed to build capacity.
Go to the Consultation web page
Kindred’s new Exceptional Families project with CEN Scotland

‘Exceptional Families’ is a partnership between Kindred Advocacy and the National Managed Clinical Network for Children with Exceptional Healthcare Needs (CEN). This two-year project will reach out to 600 families of children with complex and exceptional healthcare needs in Scotland.

They are currently looking for carers who are interested in being part of the project steering group which will help shape this project.


The steering group will ideally have 8 – 12 parents of children with exceptional healthcare needs as members.


To find out more contact Claire Edwards via:

Email: or text: 07713355460

Or take the short survey below.

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Seeking Youth Ambassadors  – Year of The Young people 2018 

We think this would be a great opportunity for some of the young people our members support to be involved more directly with the year of the young people 2018.

The Scottish Government, alongside Children in Scotland, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot have launched a search for young people from all over Scotland to be Ambassadors for the Year. You can see the website here, with all the information about the Ambassador Programme.


YoYP 2018 will inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.


We wanted to make sure you had all the information you needed as we know that several local authorities are already to start planning for #YoYP2018 locally.


Closing date or the Ambassador Programme is 31st August 2017.


More information
Create 18 – fund available for young people led events as part of the year of young people 2018

Create18 also launched recently, making grands of up to £1000 available for young people to run events in their local communities. We’re encouraging groups of 3 or more young people to apply for funding to help celebrate their skills, talents and achievements during YoYP 2018.


If you’re tweeting (we’d love you to be social!) the official hashtag is #YOYP2018. Leaflets and poster packs are available by emailing If you have any other questions, please get in touch.


Here’s to the most amazing, brilliant, special YoYP 2018!