Transition to adult care and support

Information to help if you are moving from children's to adult care and support services.

If you are a young person under 18 who has received care and support from Suffolk County Council’s Children and Young People’s Services (CYP), or a young person with additional needs approaching adulthood, you may be eligible for support from Adult and Community Services (ACS). 

Under the Care Act, from 1 April 2015 you have the right to ask for a Transition Assessment.

This helps to identify what needs you may have for support for as an adult, and how those needs may affect your ability to achieve your goals.

If you would like more information about transition assessments, speak to social care services quickly and easily by web chat:

  • Your questions about social care will be answered quicker on web chat.
  • Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (excluding bank holidays).

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If you meet the new National Eligibility Framework criteria, ACS is responsible for working with you to create a support plan and put in place a personal budget for you to purchase care and support.

If you don’t meet the National Eligibility criteria, but still have needs, SCC has a responsibility to guide you to relevant services, activities and information to help prevent your needs from becoming worse.

If you have received support in the past from CYP, you may find some differences in the support that is available from ACS.

Both services are moving towards a way of working with you and your family to:

  • give you more choice and control over your support
  • help you find ways of building up your independence

For more information about our approaches visit Supporting Lives, Connecting Communities (Adult social care)

The county council is responsible for transferring all young people with a Statement of Special Educational Need, and some with a Learning Difficulties Assessment, to a new system of Education, Health and Care Plans.

These plans join up areas of support for young people with learning difficulties and can follow a person from birth until the age of 25.

This is being done with the active involvement of young people and their families in all circumstances.

This process of transferring from one system to another will take a number of years due to the amount of work that has to be completed.

From Year 9 (age 13/14) onwards, Education, Health and Care Plans focus on your preparation for adulthood.

Annual reviews of this plan can be used to:

  • talk about the things you would like to achieve from adulthood
  • the ways in which you could be supported to achieve

As your plan can be taken with you from children’s to adult services, it can highlight important things for ACS to know about.

As well as care and support that you may be eligible for, there are many other areas of support that you may find helpful:

Suffolk Local Offer website

The Local Offer website provides clear, accessible information about the services available for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities across the county.

It is also a way for you to give feedback about the services you have used, and provide any ideas for things that you would like to be different.

The Source

The Source is a website for young people and can help you to find opportunities for employment, including traineeships, internships and apprenticeships.

It also provides useful information about how you can prepare for adulthood and some of the options available to you.

Suffolk InfoLink

Suffolk InfoLink is a directory of community information.

It includes services and activities available in your local community, as well as information that you may find helpful regarding needs you may have.

Preparing for Adulthood

Preparing for Adulthood supports young people transition into adulthood.

It provides information about:

  • paid employment
  • good health
  • independent living
  • friends and relationships
  • getting involved in your community

The Transition Information Network (TIN)

The Transition Information Network is a group of organisations and individuals who work together to improve the experience of disabled young people’s transition to adulthood.

TIN is a source of information and good practice standards for disabled young people, families and professionals.