If it appears that the young person will continue to need services as an adult, a transition social worker will attend their Year 9 review. The social care assessment completed by Children’s Services will be made available to the transition worker, and an initial decision about the young person's eligibility for adult services will be made.
The transition worker will become involved again during the school year when the young person turns 17 (usually Year 12). They will attend the annual review and arrange to complete an assessment of the young person's needs as an adult. This assessment will be completed in advance of their next review and will be available to inform the discussion and planning at their Year 13 review. Dependent upon where the young person's date of birth falls within the school year, the transition social worker may attend the young person's Year 11 review to ensure that they have the time they need to get everything in place for the young person. It is important that the transition social worker are able to have funding agreed and in place for when the young person turns 18, and that this can be included on the EHCP drawn up from their annual review when they are 17.
If adult social care services are to be provided from 18, the transition social worker will present the young person's case to their forum for agreement of funding. This process will happen in time to ensure that your finalised EHC Plan can be issued by the 31 March of the school year.
Can a young person stay with children's social services?
The Children and Families Act (2014) allows a greater deal of flexibility about when services change from children’s to adult’s services than previous legislation.
Funding responsibility for social care services will transfer from children’s social care to adult social care on a young person’s 18th birthday. However we do have flexibility to transfer services on a different date if it’s more helpful to the young person and their family. This will, however, be dependent upon the service being able to offer what is required. Some services may be unable to offer this flexibility at this present time.