A young person will now follow KCC’s Lifespan Pathway.  This should mean continuity of support throughout their life.  Up to 16  a child will be supported by Children’s Services 0-15 teams, then at the age of 16 they will move to a 16-25 Transition team, before moving to Adult Services at 26.  The young person’s Social Worker will arrange the transfer to the 16-25 team and carry out any review which may be required.  For more information about how your child’s Direct Payment may be affected after they turn 16 and to ensure a smooth transfer at that point, please speak to you Social Worker.

Due to legislative requirements, the young person will need to receive a financial assessment just before their 18th birthday to determine whether they need to make a financial contribution towards their care after the age of 18.  This process is instigated by the young person’s Social Worker.

It will be important for councils to recognise and respect the views of parents who have been managing the delivery of support for their child in setting in place any new arrangements once the young person reaches 18.

There may be situations where a parent has been receiving direct payments to meet the assessed needs of their child.   As the young person approaches the age of 18, they should receive a Mental Capacity Assessment to determine whether they have the capacity to consent to receive, or to manage, a Direct Payment.   If the young person does not have the requisite mental capacity  then it will often be appropriate for the person with parental responsibility to continue to receive the direct payments for the young adult  in the role of a ‘suitable person’.   This will ensure continuity of care for the young person, through arrangements made by the person who is likely to be best placed to understand their needs and preferences, however, direct payments to the person who had parental responsibility can only continue in this way with that person’s consent.  Councils should ensure that they make appropriate arrangements to prepare for transition so that, whether or not support is provided through direct payments, there is no disruption to the provision of support.

The Direct Payment Case Worker will work in partnership with the Social Worker/Care Manager to ensure that there is no break in the Direct Payment funding.

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