Transitions to adult services by disabled young people leaving out of authority residential schools

This is a summary of a report on a study that sought to identify: differences in planning for disabled young people in residential schools outside local authority boundaries compared to young people attending their local special schools; the factors which impact on transition planning and transition outcomes for these young people; key areas for future research and the feasibility of such work.

The evidence confirmed that additional barriers to transition planning and increased risks to poor transition outcome exist for disabled young people in out of authority residential schools. The report concludes by proposing a number of implications for practice and recommendations for further research in this area.

Bryony Beresford
Judith Cavet
Social Policy Research Unit