Home Education and children Special educational needs and disability Preparing for adulthood 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 oldWe 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:further education starting work money and benefitswhere you’ll livehealth – moving from paediatricians to other doctorshelp with day-to-day living – for example equipment or a personal assistantWe will work with you on this plan until you reach 18 years old.When you’re 18 years oldThe 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 CareIf 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 oldIf 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. Help us improve this page Hide content Was this page helpful? Yes It was helpful, but Please select a reasonthere's a broken link it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other No Please select a reasonit didn't answer my question it's not detailed enough it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other Details Email address We’ll only use this to ask for more detail if we need to.