The Care Act 2014 contains provisions to support a smooth transition and preparation for adulthood for young people and parents/carers. It is envisaged that this process will be seamless and at a point when the local authority can be reasonably confident about what the young person’s care or support needs are likely to be when they reach the 18 year old milestone.
This assessment needs to be undertaken at the right time for each individual young person and this will differ. It is anticipated that this will commence from the age of 14 years to enable the process to be meaningful, with clear aspirational outcomes that maximise and promote the wellbeing and independence of every young person. There is clear eligibility criteria as defined under the Care Act 2014 to support individuals to access Adult Social Care provision/services but the transition planning process will clarify the eligibility criteria as well any possible charges for care as part of the charging policy.
For children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) under the Children and Families Act 2014, preparation for adulthood must begin at year 9. This will give an opportunity to fully assess how the needs of young people change as they approach adulthood and also the changing needs of young carers, parents and carers as part of this holistic and engaging process to ensure that appropriate pathways are established to meet a range of needs.
Dudley council have collated information from a wide range of sources to support the transition process for young people, their families/carers and the wider community, and to ensure that families have access to a range of advice, information and support in a timely manner.
The Care Act is the biggest change in social care legislation for 60 years and brings new requirements for local authorities to assist citizens and parents/carers with promoting wellbeing. This includes defining the responsibilities to young people and their parents/carers whilst ensuring moving from children’s to adult services is a seamless transition.
Equality Act 2010
Mental Capacity Act 2005
Care Act 2014
Children and Families Act 2014 (including the SEND Reforms)
Autism Act 2009
Mental Health Act 1983, 2007
Childrens Act 1989, 2004
Education Act 2011
SEND 0 - 25 years - Code of Practice 2014
The team works with young people who have complex needs and a range of disabilities such as learning disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairment, acquired brain injury and autism. Initially this is from 14 years of age to undertake transition planning to support young people and their families/carers to move from children’s to adult services seamlessly, and extends up to 25 years old.
The service promotes and maximises opportunities for young people to be as independent as possible and for inclusion into their local communities. This is achieved via a range of pathways that is appropriate to meet individual needs that support people to have choice, control, promote/maximise independence and to achieve their individual aspirations.
Dudley Transitions Team
The Ladies Walk Health and Social Care Centre,
Complex and Inclusion Service,
Telephone: 01384 813252
Contact: Team Manager - Transitions or Duty Officer
The Children's Disability Team works with children and young people and their families, where the child/young person is aged 0 – 18 years and has a severe disability (physical, sensory or learning) and/or a long-term complex health condition; or if the child has a moderate learning disability but also has additional permanent significant health needs.
The team includes social workers and family support workers. They work closely and in collaboration with other key partners/professionals including health and education to holistically assess the needs of children and young people with their families and carers.
This provides an emergency social work service for all ages out of normal office hours.
Emergency Duty Team
Telephone: 0300 555 8574
This service supports adults that require ongoing co-ordination of their care and support needs or who have a level of complexity to their needs that requires specialist interventions.
The service also provides support to adults with autism and adults at risk with significant multiple and complex needs/behaviours that challenge, place vulnerable adults and the wider community at risk or where these needs cannot be met or fall outside of the remit of other mainstream services.
There is support for young people with care and support needs for a seamless transition from children’s to adult services, as part of the Transitions Service.
The Complex and Inclusion Service works as part of a multi-disciplinary team and works with parents/carers to promote a culture orientated to deliver a quality customer service, promoting and maximising independence, choice, control and aspirational outcomes.
The living independently service is a free service, available for a maximum of six weeks following an assessment, for adults who need help regaining or maximising their independence, to enable them to continue living at home. The service is also sometimes known as reablement, rehabilitation or intermediate care.
Assessment and Independence
Access and Prevention Team
Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre,
Telephone: 0300 555 0055
Emergency Duty Team: 0300 555 8574
Person Centred Planning (PCP) provides a way of helping a person to plan all aspects of their life and self aspirational goals. Person Centred Planning ensures that the person is central to the process and ensures that the individual remains in control in the creation of any plan which will affect them. More information can be found via the following links:
Self directed support is about people being in control of the support they need to live the life they choose. People are now able to self-direct their care or support in a number of different ways. See links below to see how this is provided in Dudley:
Advocacy and peer advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to have their voice heard on issues that are important to them. Further information can be found at the following links:
Dudley Voices for Choice: Dudley Voices for Choice are a user led charitable organisation that supports people with learning disabilities and autism to speak up for themselves.
Corporate Parenting: Children and young people looked after by Dudley Council are amongst the most vulnerable members of our society. As corporate parents we want for Children in Care what every good parent would want for their own children.