Preparing for adulthood
Planning for the future, experiencing life changes and getting skills and knowledge for independence is an important time in any young person’s life. If you also have additional support needs, and receive support from social care, education and health services, it becomes a time of planning, exploration and agreeing a future direction. This can start from the age of 14.
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- The Law
The local authority and its partners have a responsibility in regard to young people who are likely to continue to have care and support needs into their adult lives. Devon County Council’s Preparing for Adulthood Strategy aims to identify those young people likely to be included, and how the council and its partners intend to meet the requirements set out in The Children and Families Act 2014 and The Care Act 2014.
These requirements are:
- Education, training and employment – this might include getting help from employment agencies, apprenticeships and voluntary work programmes, self-employment or further education.
- Independent living – this means having choice and control over where you wish to live and your living arrangements.
- Participating in society – this includes having friends, family and supportive relationships, and contributing to life in the local community.
- Health and wellbeing – we want you to be as healthy as possible in adult life. This includes your physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
- Preparing for Adulthood Toolkit
There are lots of documents and tools that can help you prepare for adulthood. These tools are for you and people working with you.
- Policies and Strategies
- Preparing for Adulthood Strategy This explains how Devon supports the transition for young people who are likely to have needs for care and support into adulthood.
- Joint Autism Strategy This document explains how Devon wants to improve outcomes for people who are autistic, their families, and carers.
- Eligibility Policy for Adult Social Care This document explains Devon’s duty to provide Adult Social Care under the Care Act 2014.