The transition from childhood to adulthood is probably the most significant change any of us have to make, because when we reach 18 years of age, we are seen by the law to be independent of parent or carer.
We know the practical reality is different for young adults with disabilities/additional needs and so the aim of the Transition process in St. Helens, is to help disabled young people make a positive move into adulthood, and get the support they need to move them towards greater independence.
During transition from school to further learning the Local Authority has a legal responsibility to provide full time education up to the age of 16, and a duty to encourage all young people to remain in education up to their 18th birthday. Although young people with significant additional needs are encouraged to remain in education and take advantage of the process described here. The Career Connect Service works closely with schools and colleges and provides advice and guidance during this period.
Transition from Children's Services to Adult Services also takes place during this time and inevitably there are going to be differences between the services offered for children and for adults. These changes will have a bearing on issues such as finances.
The benefits and mobility allowances of young adults are recognised as belonging to them and where possible they will be encouraged to manage their own finances. This will include any costs and charges payable under the Charging Policy in Adult Services.