The NNPCF has been working in partnership with Contact, Carers UK and the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) on a project funded by the DHSC to support parent carers to navigate the transition from children to adult services as their child approaches the age of 18.
This work formed part of the Carers Action Plan 2018 – 2020 which set out a range of ambitions to improve carers’ lives including ensuring a more joined up approach to the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014.
Over the past two years, the NDTi has been working with 18 local areas to explore the issues relating to the post 19 agenda. One of the major areas for development is to improve EHC planning and in particular annual reviews from year 9. The Code of Practice makes it clear that from year 9, young
people must be involved in planning for adulthood and yet this is still not happening as well or as often as it should.
The NDTi have pulled together a suite of person-centred planning tools that can help with better planning with young people and their families. This includes booklets on ‘Planning my future life’, Vocational profile and coping strategies, and these can all now be found on the PfA website here, along with written descriptions of each tool.
For more information on this work and how Parent Carer Forums have contributed see the Contact website here, the Transitions full report, the Transitions Executive Summary and the Transitions survey results.