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Moving On - preparing for adulthood (14+)

The transition from childhood to adulthood is known as Moving On. The pathway for Moving On explains what should happen between the ages of 14 to 18 years (PDF) and 19 to 25 years (PDF).

When a young person reaches 18, the responsibility for providing health and social care support transfers from Children’s Services to Adult Social Care, if eligible. To make this a smooth transition, we start thinking about adulthood from age 14, but the process starts at age 16 so that the care and support will be in place by18 years old.

Throughout this process, we promise to use the principles outlined in our our charter.

Step Age The process
1: EHCP Review (Year 9 annual review)

This will be a chance for your young person to consider what they want to do as an adult. They should think about the four preparing for adulthood outcomes and include these in the EHCP:

  • Getting a job
  • Independent living
  • Keeping healthy
  • Friends, relationships and community

Parents can also start to access Moving On events for information and support.

The school should also give you information and advice on:

  • accessing community activities
  • further education
  • independent travel training
  • Moving On events to support your future
  • skills to help you get a job
  • work-related learning
  • accessing an annual GP health check
2: Early notification

At 16 years old, a professional will complete an Early Notification form with your young person’s consent. This is usually the SENCo at your young person’s school. Check with your young person’s school that this has been done. 

Professionals will decide the best service to meet your young person’s needs in adulthood. This could be:

  • Integrated Learning Disability Service (ILDS)
  • Single Point of Access (Physical, Sensory & Autism) (SPA)
  • Mental Health Services
  • Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for continuing health care (CHC)

If the young person is eligible for CHC their transition will be lead by the CCG

For the other services, depending on which educational setting the young person attends, they will be allocated an Occupational Therapist, Nurse or Social Worker from Adult Social Care before they are 18. 

You can also access:

  • advice and guidance
  • education, including a supported internship
  • health care and sexual health services
  • work experience and support to get employment
  • Moving On events
  • youth and leisure activities
  • a GP annual health check
3: Lead agency

Children’s Services remain the lead agency until the young person is 18, when Adult Care Services or CCG will take over. 

During transition, Children’s Services, Adult Social Care, CCG and the schools work closely together with you. The allocated professionals from Adult Social Care may also attend education reviews at school.
4: Moving On assessment

A Moving On assessment (PDF) will be completed with Children’s Services and Educational Services to find out the young adult’s needs, and what their aspirations for the future are. This assessment will also determine if they meet the Care Act 2014 eligibility criteria (PDF).

If the Moving On assessment determines that the young adult is not eligible for on-going support from Adult Health and Social Care Services, you will be given information, advice about other services and resources available.

For more information, visit Local Offer or My Life.

5: Personal budget (resource allocation)
If the young adult is eligible for support, the Resource Allocation System (RAS) will generate a personal budget to meet their Community Care needs.
6: Services and support

The allocated professional will introduce the social worker to the young adult and their support network near the end of the assessment process.

The Social Worker will be the named worker and Care Co-ordinator who will continue to support the young person through the transition process. 

Support Plan

The Social Worker will write a support plan by looking at what is important to the young adult and their assessed needs (from the Moving On assessment), and set measurable outcomes. This will also state how the personal budget will be spent.

The support plan will be validated to make sure it meets the council’s statutory responsibilities.
7: Support plan review
Usually, a review of how the package is working will take place within six weeks of it being implemented. After that, there will be annual reviews or when needs change.

Finding support

Transition may be an anxious time for some families. If you or the young adult, require more support or information during this period, view the Moving On information booklet (PDF)

You should also continue to contact your liaison worker within Children’s Services, your allocated Care Co-ordinator or the Duty Team. You can contact the Integrated Learning Disability Service on 020 8379 5075.

It can be a worrying time when young people move from childhood to adulthood. The way they access support and services will change and it is important to be prepared for these changes. They will also be thinking about getting a job, moving into their own home and enjoying activities as a young adult. We aim to provide young people and their families with as much information as possible to ensure they make the right choices about their future. We hold the following yearly events to give you more information:

  • Money matters
  • Health services and keeping healthy
  • Getting a home
  • Moving On
  • Getting a job
  • Mental capacity - what happens when young people become 16

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this year's Moving On programme will be delivered online. For more details of the events and information on how to book, view the Moving On information booklet (PDF).

At our annual Moving On event you can meet providers who offer support for young people and their parents or carers once they become 18. You should talk to as many providers as you can so you know what your options are.

Watch our video to find out more.

Organisations you can meet at the event include:

Personal support opportunities

Advice and guidance

For more information visit going to college and university, getting a job and living independently.

We will:

  • explain how the Moving On process works so you know what to expect
  • give you information early so you have time to think about your options
  • explain what services and support you are eligible for
  • ask how you want us to give you information
  • give you information in plain English so it is easy to understand
  • provide you with opportunities to meet other parents through Carer 2 Carer, Our Voice, information events and coffee mornings
  • provide you with a key contact, known as a care co-ordinator
  • work with you to develop support plans to meet the young person’s needs and help achieve their aspirations
  • celebrate your young person becoming an adult

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