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Preparing for adulthood

Moving to adult social care

When you turn 18, you may need to change over to adult social care services.

This change is easy, and normally begins when you are 16 and a half years old. 

If you already get help from children's social care, you will be asked to take part in an assessment meeting with a social care worker.

You can find out more about adult social care services on their Council website.

What happens in the assessment

The assessment meeting normally lasts 30 minutes to 2 hours.

If you want to, you can bring someone to help you in the meeting.

You will be asked about how you would like things to be in the future. This may include:

  • things you are finding difficult to manage
  • anything you feel would help you
  • people around you who can help
  • what things you enjoy doing

During the meeting we will discuss:

  • ways to help you stay as independent as possible
  • the best way to get any information, advice and support you need

We will also talk to you about:

  • what you want to get out of life and what is important to you
  • what you can do yourself to achieve this
  • what your friends or family are willing to do
  • how networks, local community services or charities can help you

As part of our discussion, we will agree with you:

  • what you might be able to change
  • what you will ask your friends and family to do
  • which organisations either you or we will contact

After the meeting, we will:

  • aim to get you all the information and advice you need
  • check back on you to see from time to time to make sure everything is working out

If you have any questions about this assessment, our transitions team can help. You can:

Care plan

If we decide that you should get adult social care, we will write a support plan based on your needs.

The support plan will include:

  • details on how money from a personal budget or direct payments will be spent to give you the care you need, and who will manage this money
  • details on the things that are important to you, so that we know how to help you get what you want from life

If you would like to write your own care plan and find local services and activities that meet your needs, you can work with an independent support broker.

Independent support brokers do not provide any SEND services themselves, but they can help you find the best people to support you and get the best prices.

Read more about independent support brokers and our team at the council.

Carer's assessment

If someone helps to care for you, they will be given a carer's assessment as part of your move to adult social care.

Parents and carers can read more about carer's assessments on the Care Advice Bucks website.