Independent Futures Team - supporting young people to transition from childhood to adult social care
The Independent Futures Team supports young people to make the transition from childhood to adult social care, to increase their independence and to plan for the future. The team work with young people who:
- have significant disabilities
- complex support needs
- who need support to move into adulthood and are eligible for adult social care support
- All under the Care Act framework
Who to contact
Where to go
- Independent Futures Team (Formerly: Transition Team)
Eastleigh Learning Disability Team,
- SO50 5PA
- What does your service do?
Young people and their families are supported to think about future plans by professionals and other people working directly with them; this includes the Independent Futures Worker. The Independent Futures Worker will start gathering information about young people from the age of 14 years to identify the children who are likely to be eligible for Adult Services. If they are not eligible the Independent Futures Worker will provide information to the young people about other services. If they are eligible the Independent Futures Worker will work with the young person, and people who know them well, to complete an adult assessment and look at the services that will be able to meet the person’s needs at 18 years of age. Some of the key interactions with the Independent Futures Team may involve: • Help plan for the young person's future when they leave school • Support the young person and their parents/carers • Make sure that the young person and their parents'/carers' views are heard • Offer a carer's assessment • Provide the right information at the right time
- Who does your service provide for?
The Independent Futures Team provides information, advice (from age 14) and assessment (from age 16) to young people who have complex needs and disabilities, who are likely to be eligible to Adult Social Services. Being eligible for Adult Social Services means that the young person’s needs have been assessed and they have met the eligibility criteria stipulated within the Care Act 2014. The eligibility pages on the Local Offer give more details on the criteria; https://fish.hants.gov.uk/kb5/hampshire/directory/advice.page?id=W_v0G-hVDOk
The link below will also help you find out more information about the Care Act 2014 eligibility criteria; https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2014/9780111124185
- How can I start using the service?
You can get information on the planning for adulthood from your school, college, social worker, Post 14 SEN team or Hantsdirect. There is no charge for the Independent Futures Team service, however, if a funded social care service is put into place at 18 a Financial Contribution may be assessed.
- Where is it located and what areas does it cover?
The Independent Futures Team Service is available in the Hampshire Local Authority area. Hampshire’s Local Authority area excludes Southampton and Portsmouth cities, which will have their own Local Offers.
- How are decisions made about who can use your service?
The Independent Futures worker works with the young person, and their families or carers, to agree if they are likely to be eligible under the Care Act 2014 eligibility criteria.
- How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making?
The young person, and their families or carers are supported by the Independent Futures Worker to participate fully in their assessment. The support could include things like help to make a person centred plan (PCP) or use of Advocacy. If specialist communication was required arrangements would be made, depending on need.
- Is your service fully accessible?
- What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEN and Disabilities had or are having?
All of the Independent Futures Workers update their training continually. The team consists of both unqualified care managers and qualified social workers.
- How will I know my child is safe?
- Who can I contact for further information?
You can get information on Independent Futures Team from your school, college, social worker, Post 14 SEN team or Hantsdirect.