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’.
local offer logo Planning your transition starts when you’re in year 9 at school (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:

  • further education
  • starting work
  • money and benefits
  • where you’ll live
  • health – moving from paediatricians to other doctors
  • help with day-to-day living – for example equipment or a personal assistant

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 so you don’t need to apply. You may get a personal budget to pay for your care as well.

Once the assessment has been completed we'll discuss with you the level of need and what support can be put in place.

The support could be:

  • support to access day care
  • transport support to access services
  • support to access college
  • a personal assistant - this is individual support which can be accessed through a direct payment.
  • Carers - to help with personal care
  • home care - to help with meal preparations or shopping needs for example.

We will move your care from children’s services to adult social care in stages. It may take some months or even years.

We'll also assess a young person's carer's needs if it appears these needs will continue after the young person turns

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.