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.

Complete the referral form to get services from the Preparing for Adulthood Team. This form includes a privacy notice, explaining the information we record and how we will use it.

Scroll down for information about education, training and employment; independent living; health and wellbeing and help for parents and carers.

  • 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:

      1. Education, training and employment – this might include getting help from employment agencies, apprenticeships and voluntary work programmes, self-employment or further education.
      2. Independent living – this means having choice and control over where you wish to live and your living arrangements.
      3. Participating in society – this includes having friends, family and supportive relationships, and contributing to life in the local community.
      4. 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.


    • Documents, Tools and Handouts

      There are lots of documents and tools that can help you prepare for adulthood. These tools are for you and people working with you.

      DownloadsWhat is it?
      Preparing for Adulthood Core Handout A summary of things you need to consider as you prepare to move into adulthood. Preparing for Adulthood Social Workers give this document to you at Review meetings.
      Ready Steady Go A tool to help young people through the process of preparing, planning and moving from children’s to adult services. The Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation NHS Trust (RD&E) and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (Torbay Hospital) both use this tool.
      Care and Support Self-Help ToolA self-help tool for adults over 18 living in Devon. It can help you to assess your need for support and give you more information about services that could help you.
      Decision-making ToolkitThis document, produced by the Council for Disabled Children, supports young people’s decision-making with practical tools and a best-interest decision-making tool. 
      Preparing for Adulthood ToolkitThis document lists things for you and your family to think about and talk about before you turn 18.
      Preparing for Adulthood Toolkit- worker record This document will help your support workers make and review plans with you.
      Post-16 TransportThis leaflet gives you information about transport after the age of 16.

      Preparing for Adulthood – 

      links between the Care Act 2014 

      and the Children and Families Act 2014

      This factsheet identifies the key elements in both Acts that relate to preparing for adulthood.


      WebsitesWhat is it for?
      Devon Young CarersDevon Carers has a specialist team who work with young carers, addressing the needs of young people providing care and support to other family members, primarily a parent or a sibling.
      Preparing for Adulthood This organisation works to ensure that young people with SEND achieve paid employment, independent living, housing options, good health, friendships, relationships and community inclusion.
      CSW GroupCSW Group can help you find out about the post-16 education options in your area and how you can make the right choice.

    • Policies and Strategies

      • 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.


    updated 30/04/18

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Health and wellbeing

Information about the transition between children’s and adults’ health services.

Education, training and employment

Your options for employment, education and training post-16

Independent living

Mental capacity, housing, your rights and the law

Help for parents and carers

Information about the support you can get as a parent or parent carer