Preparing for adult life


As your child enters their teenage years, you'll be starting to think about preparing them for life as an adult.

This might mean changes to how your child is supported to do everyday activities, what financial help they're getting, and, in some cases, where they live and what work they go onto do.

We know that the majority of young people with disabilities rely on their parents for information about their options and support.  This means that as a parent carer it's important that you are equipped with as much information about your child's options as possible.

In this section we'll take you through the key topics to consider as your child moves into adulthood.

Making a plan

Making decisions

Benefits & money

Wills & trusts

Education, health & social care

Getting a job

Independent living & housing

Growing up, sex & relationships

Working in partnership to develop this information for families

Contact worked in partnership with Carers UK, National Network of Parents Carer Forums (NNPCF)  and National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) as part of a consortium to develop these webpages.

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The consortium was funded to do this by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) with the aim of supporting parent carers navigate the transition from child to adult services as their child approaches the age of 18.

Parent carers, who we recognise are experts by experience, were key to developing this information, and the information on our webpages is based on what they told us was needed.

Other stakeholders involved in the project included: