The Care Act: Transition from childhood to adulthood

The Care Act says that if a child, young carer or an adult caring for a child is likely to have needs when they, or the child they care for, turns 18, the local authority must assess them if it considers there is ‘significant benefit’ to the individual in doing so. This is regardless of whether the child or individual currently receives any services.

SCIE has developed the following resources to help local authority staff, social workers, young people and carers to plan for the transition to adult care services:

Implementation support

Contact SCIE about your Care Act implementation and support requirements. We can develop a package of support including:

Contact us about your Care Act implementation and support requirements.

Related information

Supporting effective transitions in mental health services for young adults

Transition of young people with physical disabilities or chronic illnesses from children's to adult's services

Social Care TV: Mental health transitions

Improving access to social care for adults with autism – Transitions

SCIE/NICE recommendations on looked after children: Preparing for independence

Social Care TV: Working together to promote independence

Care and support reform programme

Care Act 2014: statutory guidance for implementation

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