Transition from children to adult social care

Surrey County Council acknowledges that supporting young people with a disability through transition is key to a successful, fulfilling and meaningful experience in their early adult life.

  • The council wants to ensure that, during this period of change, your young person and your family are fully supported to make the right choices.
  • To achieve this, all those involved with your child, including teachers, social care workers and health workers will work together.

If your child has a disability, Surrey County Council has in place a multi agency transition planning process and protocols that outline the different responsibilities and actions for all professionals involved with your child from the age of 14 and up to 25 if necessary. The transition process will begin with the Year 9 review when the Transition Plan is drawn up.

If your young person has a social care package in place leading up to their 18th birthday, the social worker will contact the Adult and Community Care service to consider if the package is still appropriate at the time of transfer on their 18th birthday.

It may be that changes will be needed but this will be discussed with your young person and with you, the parent or carer, and the adult social care service will try to ensure that the care package remains in place until your young person leaves full time education.

Most young people with a disability will leave full time education at age 19, and it will be at this stage that care plans will have to change as the young person moves from services for children to services for adults.

During the transition process the following will be available:

  • Information and advice on a range of topics including transition reviews, benefits, college, university, employment, health issues, transport, housing, leisure opportunities, social care services, direct payments, individualised budgets etc. Please see: Young people with disabilities for more information.
  • Assessment (where appropriate) of your young person's needs.
  • Carer's Assessment - the purpose of a carer's assessment is to identify their "ability to provide and to continue to provide care". In many cases, if carers are given enough support and respite to maintain their own health and well being, they are able and willing to continue their caring role.

For more information, please contact children's social care or adults social care.