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Children legally become adults at 18, regardless of their needs. It's a time of change and we aim to help everyone plan for, support and recognise a young person's adult status.

For children and young people with a disability, when we talk about Preparing for Adulthood, it means the ‘Transition’ from being a teenager to being an adult, at which point the young person may also move on from using children’s services to adult services.

This is a time when young people gain new rights and responsibilities. Preparing for Adulthood can be an exciting time for young people, full of new opportunities, but it can also be a time of uncertainty so planning is important.

The following video from the Council for Disabled Children gives an introduction of options to consider as you or your child approach adulthood. 


I am a young person...

A cartoon picture of a young person looking lost How do I prepare for adulthood?

A cartoon picture of three people with their arms in the air Support for my transition to adulthood

I am a parent/ carer or professional...

A cartoon picture of 3 individuals How will support for parents/ families change?

A cartoon picture of a young person looking through a telescope Opportunities for 16-25
year olds

A cartoon video play button Transition to adulthood and
Adult Social Care: reflections
and advice from parents

A cartoon image of a person helping another person up Your local transition service

A cartoon image of diagram with arrows Bi-borough Preparing for Adulthood Protocol

A cartoon image of two people talking to each other Your Feedback

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