If you are a young person under 18 who has received care and support from Suffolk County Council’s Children and Young People’s Services (CYP), or a young person with additional needs approaching adulthood, you may be eligible for support from Adult and Community Services (ACS).
Updated June 2016
Under the Care Act , from April 1 2015 you have the right to ask for a Transition Assessment. This can help to identify what needs you may have for support as an adult and how those needs may affect your ability to achieve your wishes and aspirations.
You can ask for a Transition Assessment by calling the Customer First team on 0808 800 4005.
If you meet the new National Eligibility Framework criteria, ACS is responsible for working with you to create a Support Plan and put in place a personal budget which can be used to purchase care and support.
If you don’t meet the National Eligibility criteria, but still have needs, Suffolk County Council (SCC) has a responsibility to signpost you to relevant services, activities and information that can help to prevent your needs from becoming any worse.
If you have received support in the past from CYP, you may find some differences in the support that is available from ACS, but both services are moving towards a way of working with you and your family to:
give you more choice and control over your support
help you find ways of building up your independence
Wherever you get support from, Suffolk County Council aims to continue to support you where you need it most.
From the 1 September 2014, SCC has had the responsibility of transferring all young people with a Statement of Special Educational Need, and some with a Learning Difficulties Assessment, to a new system of Education, Health and Care Plans. These join up all areas of support for young people with learning difficulties and can follow a person from birth up until the age of 25.
This is being done with the active involvement of young people and their families in all circumstances. This process of transferring from one system to another will take a number of years due to the amount of work that has to be completed.
From Year 9 (age 13/14) onwards, Education, Health and Care Plans focus on your preparation for adulthood. Annual reviews of this plan can be used to talk about the things you would like to achieve from adulthood and the ways in which you could be supported to do this.
As your Plan can be taken with you from Children’s to Adult Services, this is a great place to highlight some of the things that may be important for ACS to know about.
As well as care and support that you may be eligible for, there are many other areas of support that you may find helpful.
The Source is a website for all young people in Suffolk and can help you to find opportunities for employment including traineeships, internships and apprenticeships. It also provides useful information about how you can prepare for adulthood and some of the options that may be available to you.
Suffolk InfoLink is a directory of community information. This includes services and activities that you can access in your local community and information that you may find helpful regarding needs you may have.
Within Suffolk InfoLink, the Local Offer is a directory of community information aimed at providing support for children and young people (0-25) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Here you can find helpful information and services and activities that provide particular support for young people with SEND.
Preparing for Adulthood is an organisation that supports young people into adulthood with information about paid employment, good health, independent living and friends, relationships and community inclusion.
The Transition Information Network (TIN) is a group of organisations and individuals who work together to improve the experience of disabled young people’s transition to adulthood. TIN is a source of information and good practice standards for disabled young people, families and professionals.