Transition and integration – changing our starting point

Simon John Duffy, Pippa Murray
  • Journal of Integrated Care, November 2013, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/jica-10-2013-0040

Changing the transition process from within inside a special school

What is it about?

The article describes the positive impact of changing how a special school, working with young people, families and professionals, reorganised the process for planning for life after school. There were lots of innovations including the use of budgets for education, health and social care, peer support for young people and families and person-centred planning and curriculum changes.

Why is it important?

This is possibly one of the mast radical changes in the organisation of the 'transition' process in England and it influenced the development of government policy for young people with special needs.


Dr Simon John Duffy
The Centre for Welfare Reform

Having developed personal budgets in adult social care it was exciting to see how they could also be helpful for children and families. However even more interesting was to see how the attitude of families and teachers began to change when they believed that life after school did not need to be a mixture of crisis and institutional services. Instead young people and their families started to build lives of citizenship.

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