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.
Within Newham 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 25 years old. This supports the successful transition from social care support within children’s services to adult services.
The Preparing for Adulthood Team within DCYPS complete Care Act assessments prior to the young person’s 18th birthday to ensure the support is in place when they turn 18. They liaise with other agencies including adult social care to co-ordinate support across health, education and care.
An organisation called “Preparing for Adulthood” is funded by the Department for Education has an informative national website providing a good overview of support and options available for young people with SEND.