Fair access to care services (FACS): prioritising eligibility for care and support

Review - FACS and transitions from children’s to adult services

Successful transition depends on early and effective planning, putting the young person at the centre of the process to help them prepare for transfer to adult services.

(‘Transitions’, DH, 2010, para 138)

Gordon’s story, part 2 – changing needs and transition planning
Gordon’s care plan had been effective, but as a young person his needs are changing. Beginning transition planning at this point will provide him and his parents with the security of knowing there is a pathway through to adulthood and that children’s services and adult services are working together to ensure a smooth transition to adult services.

The ‘Transitions’ section of the 2010 DH Guidance ‘Prioritising need’ identifies the action needed to ensure effective transitions. Staff should:

The Care Bill requires that, as young disabled people approach the age of 18, assessments should consider whether their needs for care and support will continue after that age, and whether they are likely to meet the eligibility criteria. The assessment examines the outcomes they wish to achieve, whether provision of care and support will be beneficial, and whether the outcomes could be achieved in other ways. The young disabled person, if they have special needs, may also have an education, health and care plan (EHC plan) as proposed under the Children and Families Bill, which can extend children’s services support up to the age of 25. The relationship between the provisions of the two Bills remains to be clarified.
There are also issues about the transition of parent carers (whose support is covered by Section 17 of the Children Act 1989) into adult carers under the Care Bill, under which they are more fully protected).


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