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Moving On - preparing for adulthood (14+)

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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).  

Young people over 14 with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

If you have an EHCP, you'll start planning to move to adult services when you're 14. 

Your school will organise a year nine transition review to help you and your family. They'll 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

Over 16s with SEND

Once you're 16, you can access: 

  • advice and guidance
  • education up to the age of 18
  • health care and sexual health services
  • work experience and support to get employment
  • youth and leisure activities

If you need more help, your school or social worker will refer you to the Cheviots disability team and help with an early notification form. This will help professionals decide if you need extra support to move to adult services.

If you need extra support, you'll get a transition worker to help you complete a Moving On assessment. This lets us know what you want to achieve as an adult, including good health, education, employment and support needs. 

Adult social care will work with Cheviots, so they will know about you and your needs for the future, as you move into adulthood. Not all disabled young people require services from adult social care, so it will depend on your needs.   

Personal budgets for over 18s

A personal budget is available for young people over 18 who meet the fair access to care criteria. Money is allocated to meet your needs and help you purchase activities or support.

To find out more, visit adult social care. You should also find out if you’re entitled to any benefits.

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
  • Annual Moving On event
  • Getting a job
  • Mental capacity - what happens when young people become 16

For more information on upcoming events, see our Moving On information booklet (PDF).

At our 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