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Transition from child to adult services: using DoH guidance to help young people and their families

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Despite the availability of abundant literature about the importance of transition, the 2014 Care Quality Commission report 'From the Pond into the Sea' (CQC, 2014) found a significant failure within healthcare systems to prepare young people for adult services. This article aims to remind healthcare professionals of the fundamental principles of transition. Steps to help services improve transition will be drawn from three key DoH documents: 'Getting the right start: National Service Framework for Children' (DoH, 2003); 'Transition: getting it right for young people' (DoH, 2006), and 'Transition: moving on well' (DoH, 2008). Coping with new personnel, new expectations, new responsibilities, new environments, new rules and possibly new treatments: what young people need is the chance to learn and the opportunities to practise a new set of skills.
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Keywords: ADOLESCENCE; ADULT SERVICE; CHILDREN'S SERVICES; TRANSITION; YOUNG PEOPLE

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: March 1, 2015

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