The Bexley Preparing for Adulthood Team works with young people from Year 9 (age 13/14) who require support with transitioning into Adult Social Care, who are diagnosed with (but not limited to:):
- A Learning Disability
- Down Syndrome
- Autism / Asperger’s
- Physical Disabilities
- Complex Special Educational Needs
The Care Act 2014 places a duty on local authorities to conduct needs assessments for Young People, their carers and young carers where there is a likely need for care and support after the Young Person in question turns 18 and a Preparing for Adulthood assessment would be of ‘significant benefit’.
In order to fully meet these duties, we work closely with the Children With Disabilities Team, our Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan Case Officers and Health colleagues, to identify those young people and their carers who are likely to require support to transition from Children to Adults services. A Social Worker is then assigned to support the Young Person and their families/carers and a Needs assessments offered.
In some cases the Young Person may require a Mental Capacity assessment to determine if they can make their own decisions and a Best Interest decision will be made in cases where they are deemed to lack capacity to do so. This is to ensure the best outcome for the young person and that their wellbeing is at the heart of all decisions.
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