For any young person moving from school into the adult world can
be exciting but heading "into the unknown" can also be worrying.
For young people with disabilities this
can be even more challenging. They may need extra help to plan
their future and the co-ordinated support of everyone around them
What is available?
Adult Social Care
When a young person with a physical or learning disability, or
with sight or hearing problems, becomes 18 and needs practical help
they can ask us to look at their social care needs as an adult. In
order to work out just what these needs are, we do need to carry
out an assessment. We will need to do this even if you have
been receiving social care support from children's services.
What is an assessment?
This assessment is a thorough discussion with the young person
and with parents or carers. This may also involve gathering
information from other professionals who work with them and know
their situation well.
How much will I pay for services?
You should be aware that some adult services may have to be paid
for, but the actual amount you pay will depend on what services you
receive. You may be able to get help with the costs and we will
help you fill out a financial assessment form to see if you qualify
for financial help.
Self Directed Support gives you more choice and control over the
services you receive. This means that following a social care
assessment you will be given a personal budget from us. You can
choose to use it to arrange your own support and look after the
money yourself, or you can ask the Council to hold the money and
help you find the support you need.
What is Self Directed Support?
MAPP ( Multi Agency Planning Pathway)
MAPP to bring together young people with complex needs, their
families and the professionals working with them, to provide
careful planning and co-ordination of services. They can work with
young people up to the age of 25. If you are already supported by
MAPP they will continue to work with you
If you do not need or are not eligible for support from Adult
Social Care there are other agencies and organisations who
may be able offer advice and support.
The Transition Information Network aims to improve
disabled young people's experience of transition to adulthood.
Their website provides information, advice and guidance on a wide
range of topics for disabled young people, parents/carers and
Transition Information Network
How to get in touch
If you already receive services as a young person then please
speak to your Social Worker. If not, and you are under 18 years
contact the Multi Agency Planning and Support, Kaleidoscope,
Lewisham Centre for Children and Young People, 32 Rushey
Green. Phone: 020 7138 1100.
If you are 18 or over and you have no Social Worker, then the
Adult Social Care Advice and Information Team should be your
first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries. You
can contact them from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on 020 8314