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Life after School – Transition Planning Meetings

This young person on the autistic spectrum, valued the fact that meetings were person-centred and met their needs:

“I got little slips to remind me to go to the meetings. I liked the meetings – they were an opportunity to open up about my ideas…”

For one young person with a chronic health condition all the focus was on their health needs which overshadowed any talk about leaving school:

“I’ve had meetings but not about leaving school but about how I’m progressing and my health ….. I haven’t had a meeting for ages and I was going to stay on [at school] but now I’m not.”

For one young person, the meetings were a very negative experience for a range of reasons:

“I didn’t want the Depute there as it’s really hard but they wouldn’t listen and said she had to be there to Chair. I was shaking my head to show I wasn’t happy but no one asked me. They used a lot of jargon that my mum and I didn’t know and they didn’t even tell me who was in the meeting.”

For this young person, no-one was listening to her needs or wishes. Meetings were not flexible and she had no control over who attended, nor opportunities to speak:

“There should have been more meetings where I had a chance to voice my opinion.”

14 young people said they did not feel listened to at planning meetings. One young carer, who did have regular planning meetings, felt they were still not positive:

“I had [planning meetings] with the Careers Adviser. I don’t think it really helped. She kind of rambled on a lot ….. and it wasn’t for me.”

One care-experienced young person said they had to do the planning for leaving school themselves as:

“I had core Child’s Plan meetings but none of it was about leaving school…”

A young carer had a similar experience:

“I’ve been having Child’s Plan meetings since I was 3 but no meetings about moving on …”

One young person with long-term mental health issues had had no say in who attended her Child’s Plan meetings; even when they requested certain people to attend this did not happen:

“I asked for my CAMHS worker to see my Child’s Plan but the school didn’t send it to him ….. I want my CAMHS worker to be involved in the meetings.”

A young person with a chronic health condition wanted Social Work to attend their Child’s Plan meetings as they were the professionals who could move things forward:

“Social Work should be [at the meetings] – they said they would send all this information about getting grants for equipment which I would need to help me at university … but we haven’t had anything from them..”

One young person spoke about the impact of the number of people at the meetings:

“… what can be intimidating is loads of professionals sitting there. At one point … there was 18 professionals involved…”

For one young carer their Child’s Plan meetings were not meaningful to them. She explained that what she needed was a relevant, live plan that reflected her future needs:

“Even if it wasn’t something that had to be written down but as long as I knew this was going to happen, rather than someone sending me a massive wad of paper that basically says what I told them.”