Transition and Independent Living
Transition is the period when a young person moves from children’s to adult social care. Transition can begin from age 14 up until the age of 18. At this age young people move over to adult social care and within that time period the transition social workers work alongside children’s social care, education and health to support the young person into adulthood. This could include remaining in education – college placements or other learning opportunities. Places such as Wirral Evolutions support people with day service provision, education and job opportunities.
When the young person and family feel the young person is ready to be assessed for the future, the social worker from the Transition team will carry out a self-directed supported assessment – which is Care Act (2014) compliant. This assessment can start when the person is a child or young person, working in partnership with education, health and social care. The Transition Plan is updated when the young person turns 18.
At 18 the social care element of a care package is then be funded by adult social care. The transitions team will then support the young person with the assessment process and getting their outcomes from their support plan. Click here to find out more about the Transition Team including how to contact them.
As young people grow-up it is natural for them to consider ways to become more independent from their care givers. Young people with additional needs and/or disabilities may need extra support in order to live a more independent life. A supported living arrangement can offer a tailored package of care that enables the young person to move out of the family home whilst still receiving a level of support appropriate to their needs.
Supported living can allow young people to extend their skills and friendships and feel more able and better equipped to manage a home and life in a community. Supported living can help the young person grow in confidence and raise their self esteem by becoming, with appropriate support, a tenant in their own right.
Forum Housing | a local organisation that offers housing advice and supported lodgings
Contact the Housing Solutions Team on 0800 234 6007 (24 hours) or 0151 649 9718 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)
For more information go to www.forumhousing.co.uk.
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