New service to smooth move into adulthood

A new service that will smooth the transition to adulthood for children with disabilities is being piloted by Birmingham City Council.

The system will aim to have one point of contact for young people who are moving through children’s services care but may still need help and support as young adults, and would normally change social worker teams.

Cllr Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children and family services, said: “Moving into adulthood is a really important time in anyone’s life, but it can be particularly difficult for those with disabilities or other needs.

“These are among our most vulnerable children and they will be experiencing other changes in their lives such as leaving school or changing schools, leaving friends, or trying to find a work placement; this is hard enough without also having to go through a change of social worker.

“Having a dedicated team to support the young person during these massive life changes will ensure the consistency and stability that they need.”

The team, which will merge staff from children’s and adults’ services, will work with 14-25 year olds with physical or learning disabilities and who could be eligible for adult social care.

Cllr John Cotton, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “A lot of research shows that this can be such a difficult time for young people with disabilities and it is so important that we make it as simple and as effective as possible.

“We will monitor the pilot and if it proves successful and makes a difference to these young people’s lives we will look to roll out a second phase that will help young people with complex needs, such as mental health issues.”


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