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Becoming an adult - how our help changes

The help you get from us will usually change when you reach 18 years old. You’ll get help from Adult Social Care instead of Children’s Services. Moving from Children’s Services to Adult Social Care and planning your future is called ‘transition’.

Planning your transition starts when you’re in year 9 at school (13 to 14 years old).

When you’re 13 to 14 years old

We will help you and your family to start to plan what you want to do in the future and what help you may need. This is called a ‘transition review’.

It includes things like:

We will work with you on this plan until you reach 18 years old.

When you’re 18 years old

The help you get will move from Children’s Services to Adult Social Care when you’re 18 years old. You’ll get an assessment to see if you can get help from Adult Social Care. This will happen automatically. You don’t need to apply. You may get a personal budget to pay for your care.

We will move your care from Children’s Services to Adult Social Care in stages. It may take some months or even years.

If you can’t get help from Adult Social Care

If you don’t qualify for help from Adult Social Care, we will tell you where you can get the help you need.

If you stay on at school after you’re 18 years old

If you’re at a special school and you don’t leave when you’re 18 years old, you’ll get an assessment for Adult Social Care when you leave school in the summer after your 19th birthday.

If you stay on at a special school after you’re 19 years old, you’ll get an assessment for Adult Social Care when you leave school.

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