Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

Closes 21 Apr 2024

Children and Young people – Transitions to Adulthood

The term ‘transitions to adulthood’ will mean different things to different young people, and as such will be achieved in many different ways and timescales. In their Principles of Good Transitions, The Association for Real Change (ARC) Scotland refer to this as the period when young people develop from children to young adults. This is not a single event, such as leaving school, but a growing-up process that unfolds over several years and involves significant emotional, physical, intellectual and physiological changes. Transitions also impact on the family of, or those who care for, the child or young person. 

What can the Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence (LDAN) Bill do?

In their Stage 1 Report on the Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions to Adulthood) (Scotland) Member’s Bill, the Education and Skills Committee noted that many people have described the current legislative landscape as being complex, cluttered, and difficult to navigate for young people and their families, and, in some instances, for the professionals working to support them.

The Committee’s report concluded that “… the Committee is not yet convinced that introducing further legislation in an already cluttered and complex legislative and policy landscape will resolve the issues…”. Rather, there was thought to be a “significant implementation gap between the [existing] intended policy and the experiences of children and young people.” In the Stage 1 debate on the general principles of the Bill, on 23 November 2023, the Bill fell and so will not become law.

Transitions is a period of development which can involve changes in every area of life such as housing, employment, social care, education, transport and relationships. We therefore expect some of our overarching and specific consultation proposals, which covers all of these areas and more, to contribute towards improving outcomes for neurodivergent young people and young people with learning disabilities making the transition to adulthood. This also includes our proposals around inclusive communications, mandatory training, independent advocacy, and statutory strategies for learning disabilities and neurodivergence.

Specifically in relation to data, we will consider whether our approach ensures that disaggregated data for neurodivergent young people and young people with learning disabilities is made available to: 

  • enable us to better understand and measure the extent to which these young people are experiencing a positive and supported transition to young adult life;  
  • ensure the visibility of these young people; 
  • help inform the work that will take place under a National Transitions to Adulthood Strategy; and, 
  • help to inform the development of services to meet the needs of these young people when transitioning to adulthood.   

Please tell us what you think.

Related information

Consultation Questions

The questions in this document refer to information contained in our consultation document and various alternative formats which can all be found here

You need only answer questions in the sections most relevant to you.

Do you agree with this proposal, please tell us why?
Do you not agree with this proposal, please tell us why?
Is there anything else that we should consider in relation to Children and young people – Transitions to adulthood?