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Children and Young People: Transition to Adult Services

Use this guide to find information resources about children and young people's transition to adult services including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 16/05/2024

Key resources

Young Minds (2020) Transferring from CAMHS to adult mental health services.
  • Two bloggers share their experience. Information aimed at the young person.
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Southampton Children's Hospital (no date) Ready Steady Go resources for health professionals
Queen's Nursing Institute (2017) Transition from children's to adult community services: learning resource. London: QNI.
  • This online learning resource aims to improve the experience of a young person transitioning from children’s to adult community services by supporting community and primary care professionals.
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Campbell F, Biggs K, Aldiss SK, O'Neill PM, Clowes M, McDonagh J, While A and Gibson F (2016) Transition of care for adolescents from paediatric services to adult health services, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 4.
  • Systematic review evaluating the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve the transition of care for adolescents from paediatric to adult health services.
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Together for Short Lives (2016) Moving to adult services: what to expect. a guide for young people with life-threatening conditions making the transition to adult services. Together For Short Lives, Bristol.
Chambers L and Kelly K (2023) Stepping Up: A guide to developing a good transition to adulthood for young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. Bristol: Together for Short Lives.
Care Quality Commission (2014) From the pond into the sea: children's transition to adult health services. Gallowgate: CQC.
Helen & Douglas House (2014): Transition and beyond toolkit. Oxford: Helen & Douglas House.
  • The purpose of this toolkit is to equip clinical staff with an understanding of the process of transition for young people with life-limiting illnesses.
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We would like to thank the RCN CYP Continuing & Community Care community for their input into the development of this subject guide.


Book cover Betz C L and Coyne I T (eds.) (2020) Transition from pediatric to adult healthcare services for adolescents and young adults with long-term conditions. Cham: Springer.
Book cover Brimble M and McNee P (2021) Nursing care of children and young people with long-term conditions. Newark: John Wiley and Sons.
Book cover image Lyons S K and Hilliard M E (2019) Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care in Endocrinology: A Clinical Handbook. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG.
Book cover image McClain M B, Shahidullah J D and Mezher K R (2020) Interprofessional Care Coordination for Pediatric Autism Spectrum Disorder: Translating Research into Practice. Edited by M B McClain, J D Shahidullah, and K R Mezher. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG.
Book cover image Sattoe J N T, Staa A L van and Hilberink S R (2021) Self-Management of Young People with Chronic Conditions: A Strength-Based Approach for Empowerment and Support. Edited by J N T Sattoe, A L van Staa, and S R Hilberink. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG.
Book cover Davies A and Davies R (eds.) (2016) Children and young people's nursing: principles for practice. 2nd edn. New York: Productivity Press.
Book cover Franklin S, Sanderson H and Gitsham N (2013) Personalisation in practice: supporting young people with disabilities through the transition to adulthood. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Book cover Hergenroeder A C and Wiemann C M (2018) Health care transition: building a program for adolescents and young adults with chronic illness and disability. Cham: Springer.
Book cover Hughes J and Lackenby N (2015) Achieving successful transitions for young people with disabilities: a practical guide. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Book cover Long T (ed.) (2016) Children's nursing case book. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

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