This quality standard covers all young people (aged up to 25) using children’s health and social care services who are due to make the transition to adults’ services. It includes young people:

  • with mental health problems
  • with disabilities
  • with long-term, life-limiting or complex needs
  • in secure settings
  • under the care of local authorities.

Some young people may only enter children’s health or social care services shortly before they transfer to adults’ services. They are within the scope of the quality standard, providing they are using children’s services at the time of their transfer to adults’ services.

For some young people (for example, those receiving palliative care or those with a condition where improvement has occurred), it may not be appropriate to make the transition to adults’ services and this quality standard would not apply.

The quality standard covers the period before, during and after a young person moves from children's to adults' services. It covers all settings in which transitions from children’s to adults’ health or social care services take place. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover areas of national policy, such as funding for health or social care.

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