Transition Planning for Young People

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The CREDOTM Project aims to develop good practice and planning with young people perceived as having profound and complex impairments as they look forward to adult life. It stands for Creating Real and Equal Development Opportunities.

The CREDO Project in England and Northern Ireland was established from a successful bid to the National Lottery Charities Board by Circles Network in consultation with parents and professionals from the statutory and voluntary sector, including SENSE, Seeability, Learning Partnership West, schools and further education colleges.

The transition in to adulthood is an exciting time when young people can dream of the future and set goals. For us all, goals and dreams can be both personal and public, involving friends, family, partners, lovers, travel, employment, and more. This is ordinary and every day, whether you call it transition, youth, growing up or adolescence.

However, the experience of a young disabled person preparing for adult life is often one of struggle with systems that seem only to lead to dependence and few choices. Families of the young person often consider the transition from school to adult life as a time of risk when the need to protect and care contradict the feelings of wanting their loved one to be independent and free to experiment. The fear is real. As a young person leaves known environments of school, familiar workers from children’s social and community services, there is the real risk of services disappearing altogether, throwing the young person and their family in to a crisis.

Our CREDO Services aim to facilitate a planning process that the young person can control and tell others about, rather than be told what their plan, assessment or review is to be. We work to ensure that young people perceived to have profound and complex impairments are given an opportunity to exercise their right to control their lives and their future as independent citizens. The CREDO team understand the need of these young people to have many of their practical needs and wants facilitated by personal and emotional support. 

Our CREDO Service provides a set of interventions that works to empower young people, aged 13–19 years, by ensuring that they are always the focus of decisions and that they remain in control of the transitional planning process.

The work involves:


  1. Celebrating the gifts of young people perceived as having multiple impairments, highlighting the positive contribution they can make to the community and showing that all young people can live interdependently.
  2. Setting up and sustaining a Circle of Support around each young person and where possible establishing these Circles in the Classroom.
  3. Using Person Centred Planning techniques, to explore, express and achieve inclusion.
  4. Working with each young person to give them a voice, to share stories of success and to achieve self-advocacy and participation.

Through this work we promote:

  • Social inclusion in ordinary community settings
  • Opportunities for people to develop natural friendships and relationships
  • Chances for people to learn and develop their skills
  • Attitudes that value and celebrate difference
  • Communication through the widest and most creative means
  • Development of the whole person, taking into consideration health, relationships, home life, activities, purpose, risk, learning and creative expression.

If you or your child could benefit from more support at this critical decision-making time contact us at Circles Network so we can explain what your rights are and how we can help.

Circles Network is also currently developing Transition Matters a resource pack for teachers and careers professionals to support young people with decision-making.


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