Preparing for Adulthood
When your child is young, you make most of the decisions for them. But as your child gets older, they begin to make decisions for themselves. This can be a difficult time, especially for parents of disabled children.
For more and more youngsters, planning for adulthood can start at primary school age. The journey to adulthood will also span child and adult services in education, health and care as well as a changing benefits system.
We know that helping to prepare your child for adulthood (PfA) can seem like a huge task and its hard to know where to start. We have helped Cambridgeshire County Council co-produce an introductory parents’ guide to get you started.
Preparing for adulthood in Cambridgeshire:
- Read about Cambridgeshire Preparation for Adulthood (PfA) services on Cambridgeshire County Council’s webpages, including an up-to-date version of the Moving On booklet (September 2020)
- There is a useful information section for parents and carers
- Read about what should happen and when in the council’s Preparing for Adulthood protocol
- Find out about benefits changes for young people – for example moving from DLA to PIP as they reach 16 – on our benefits page
- View our transitions page if your son or daughter is moving from children’s social care services to adult services
- An introduction to supported housing options are outlined on our housing page which also explains how to get on the local housing register
Could be useful …
- Preparing for Adulthood – website featuring resources and stories of young people moving into work
- Transition Information Network
- Education factsheets on Further/Higher Education from Disability Rights UK See them on the DR UK website
- Government guidance on 19-25 year olds’ entitlement to EHC Plans