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Preparing for adulthood – everything you need to know now in one place

Monday 11th May 2020


We've been working in partnership with Carers UK; National Network of Parents Carer Forums (NNPCF) and National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) to develop new online  information and help to guide parent carers in England through the process of preparing their child for life as an adult.

Our new Preparing for Adult Life webpages bring together information about key aspects of the transition from child to adult support services for families with disabled children in the one place for the first time. It includes:

Making a plan

Making decisions

Benefits & money

Wills & trusts

Education, health & social care

Getting a job

Independent living & housing

Growing up, sex & relationships

"It's vital parent carers are equipped with as more information as possible"

Gail Walshe, Director of Participation at Contact says: "We know that the majority of young people with disabilities rely on their parents for information about their options and support when they get older. This means it's vital parent carers are equipped with as much information about their child's options as possible.

"To develop our new web pages we talked to parent carers who told us that although there is lots of information about the opportunities and support for their children as they move into adulthood, it can often be difficult to understand and navigate because they 'don't know what they don't know'.

"We hope our new online information helps change this by empowering families to feel better prepared for the changes in how their child is supported to do every day activities, the financial help they get, job opportunities  and where they live when they turn 18."

The development of our new preparing for adult life information was funded by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

Parents in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Because this work was funded by the DHSC, a department of the English government, the information we provide has been written using English guidance and law.

If you live in Scotland, visit Contact Scotland's transition microsite Talking About Tomorrow.

If you live in Northern Ireland, you can find information on NIdirect.

If you live in Wales, visit gov.wales where you can find information on person-centered reviews.