At some point a young adult or their family might need some additional support. Social Care teams can offer support to those with physical or mental impairments or illness to live as independently as possible.
How do I get social care support?
Adult care is based on maximising everyone's independence, so a request or referral for support from social care may result in information, advice and guidance being given. Sometimes it may be decided that a Care Act Assessment is needed to help identify what support needs an adult might have. The support available to a young adult (someone over 18) will depend on what needs are idenfitied through a Care Act Assessment and how they may want their support. Care Act Assessments are done by social care practitioners and come from the Care Act 2014.
What are the social work teams in Bristol?
Mostly social work teams are split into children and adult social work teams.
Find out about Children's Social Work Teams.
You can find about about Adult Social Work Teams from the Bristol City Council website.
In Bristol we have the Preparing for Adulthood Team. The Preparing for Adulthood Team is a multi-agency statutory service made up of social care and education practitioners. They use to be known as the Transition Service. The team is part of the Birth to 25 Integrated Service.
What kind of support can social work teams offer?
If it is agreed that a young person would benefit from the support of a social work team a practitioner will meet with the young person, and any carers (if appropriate) to agree how the eligible needs will be met and to draw up a support plan setting out goals with the young person to meet need and to move to greater independence.
Services commissioned to meet eligible need can be delivered in a number of different ways:
As a placement in Residential or Nursing Care,
Living in your home with support from an agency commissioned by Bristol City Council,
Living in your home with support through a Direct Payment.
What is the transition from children's services to adult services?
If your young person is receiving support through a social care practitioner in the Disabled Children's Team you do not need to make a referral to the Preparing for Adulthood Team as the practitioner working with the young person will do this (but you might want to check).
If your young person is receiving a service through a different Social Care team, they will discuss with the young person, and their carer(s), whether social care support will continue to be needed and make a referral to Care Direct if neccessary.
This page has information for residents in the City of Bristol. Find out about what other Local Authorities do.
Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.
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