Transition 16-25 Years

Transition Task and Finish

Over the last six months Working Together for Change members have been working closely with officers from Dudley Council and local colleges to have informal conversations, exchange views, offer ideas and ask questions about the transition process.

On the 1st July 2014 parent carers came together and met with Dudley MBC officers Helen Ellis, Divisional Lead for Integrated Youth Support, Sue Powell from Connexions and John Cunningham the 16-19 Funding and Commissioning Manager to discuss issues regarding the transition process. It was an opportunity to have open and honest discussions and for the forum to act as a critical friend, be solution focused and influence services to get things right.

The group has come together regularly over the last six months and as a result has enabled parents to become more informed about the role of Connexions and post 16 funding and better understand how decisions are made regarding transition.

Transition from school to college is an area that parents get concerned over. Sue invited representatives from Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge colleges to join in the discussions. It gave the colleges an opportunity to explain the process and parents an opportunity to share their perspectives and experiences.

By coming together with service providers, parents have been able to influence and inform policies and work with colleges to explore solutions to issues such as parking. Through having a better understanding they become advocates for the transition process. Colleges gain better understanding of parent’s needs, issues they have never considered and are making changes to alleviate them.

 These sessions are all about working together with parent carers to make transition as smooth as possible, talking about policies and being more transparent about what the council is doing and communicating what statutory legislations that cannot be influenced are all about. The feedback from both professionals and parents has been overwhelmingly positive.

Positive feedback from a parent –

“I genuinely love having John, Sue and Helen at the meetings…it’s a brilliant group and one I’m proud to say that I’ve been a part of.”

Positive feedback from an officer –

“I genuinely enjoy attending these meetings and appreciate the honesty of the parents involved.”

To find out more read our minutes