Preparing for Adulthood

Turning 18 is both exciting and an anxiety provoking time for young people and their families. For young people with special educational needs and disability the need for clear, transparent and co-ordinated processes is key to a successful transition into adulthood.

The Disabled Children and Young People with Disability (social care) Service (DCYPS) supports young people in education with complex needs up to the age of 18 years old.  Once a young person turn’s 17.5 DCYPS will refer them to the Preparing for Adulthood Team and they will carry out a Care Act assessment to determine if they are eligible for adult services. This supports the successful transition from social care support within children’s services to adult services.

The Preparing for Adulthood Team’s role is to support young people and their families, to build sustainable long-term solutions to their support and care needs, focusing on enablement and independence. Our work is person centred and is led by the young person and their families in developing their support plan, enabling them to achieve their aspirations and be part of their community.

Our role includes carrying out Care Act Assessments, Mental Capacity Assessments, Community Treatment reviews, Adult Safeguarding, working with Care Leavers, supporting colleagues in SEND Education to develop Education Health Care Plans, working with Carers and Court of Protection work. We work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and work closely with our partners in the Disabled Children’s Team, SEND Education Team, Leaving Care Team, and Adults Learning Disabilities Team, as well as partners in health.