Dear Parent Carer
Over the years DPCC representatives have spoken with many parent carers (and special school staff). They have told us that it is difficult to find good practical information & advice which prepares them and their young person for the move on into adult life and possibly to adult services.
The relevant statutory guidance makes it clear that preparation for adulthood should begin from year 9 (age 13/14) at the latest!
Dorset Parent Carer Council have been working an experienced consultant who is also parent carer to develop a series of workshops covering all aspects of ‘transition’. The aim of the workshops will be to provide you with a good understanding of what to expect and how to plan for when your young person finishes full time education (age 16). The workshops explore the four Preparing for Adulthood areas and will show how to make the EHC plan meaningful.
The topics we are looking to cover over a 5/6 week period will include,
Wills/Trusts/Deputyship/Mental Capacity Act/Decision Making
Benefits: DLA/PIP/Universal Credit
Statutory Duties – Children & Families Act 2014 & Care Act 2015. The role of Social Care/Statutory Assessments & Self Contribution
Funding Options: to include Individual Service Funds, Personal Budgets, Direct Payments, Continuing Healthcare (CHC).
Housing Options, where and how the young person will live: pros & cons. Housing Benefit.
Community connections – getting to know your community and the community getting to know your young person plus the importance of independent travel and transport.
How to make the most of the EHC plan review, what does a good EHC plan look like.
What is your role in preparing your young person for adulthood.
Before we go any further with our planning we would like to know if the this is something you would be interested in attending and also if you think we have missed anything?
To help us with this please would you take a moment to answer 6 quick questions using the following link:
Dorset Parent Carer Council Steering Group.
Tel: 07827 793244