Disabled children and their transition into adulthood: the law and good practice

The session, facilitated by Camilla Parker from Just Equality, aims to provide attendees with an overview of the legal responsibilities of local authorities and NHS bodies to ensure that the social care, education and health care needs of disabled children are fully addressed – and sustained – as they move into adulthood. This session will also provide attendees with updates concerning relevant legal and policy developments.

Above all this is a forum where attendees will have the opportunity to discuss practical problems they have experienced and how these can be resolved, as well as share information on “what works” so that they can develop strategies on how to manage the transitional process successfully.


By the end of the session, attendees should have a better understanding of:

  • The need to plan adult transitions early, starting in year 9 (aged 14);
  • The legal obligations of local authorities and health bodies to manage the transition process and to cooperate;
  • The legal responsibilities of local authorities and NHS bodies to provide support services before and after a disabled young person’s 18th birthday.
  • The differences between the social care assessment obligations and eligibility criteria of disabled children and disabled adults;
  • The extent to which the duty to provide direct payments changes when a young person becomes 18;
  • The nature of local authority ‘children leaving care duties’ in relation to children who have been ‘looked after’;
  • The post 18 education rights of disabled people;
  • The differences between the NHS’s responsibilities to provide support for disabled children and for disabled adults;
  • The assessment of a person’s mental capacity to make decision and their ‘best interests’ and how this differs for adults and young people.

Dates and locations

  • Tuesday 25th June – Exchange Chambers, 7 Ralli Court, West Riverside , Manchester M3 5FT
  • Wednesday 26th June – Darwin Suite, Life Conference and Banquting, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EP

Seminar Programme

9.30am – Registration – Tea/coffee and biscuits
10.00 am – Introductions
10.10 am – Transition: Frequently encountered problems
10.20 am – The legal obligations of local authorities and health bodies to manage the transition process and to cooperate

11.15am – Tea/coffee break
11.30 am – Education: an overview of transition planning for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities
11:50 – Social care:key duties (assessment obligation, eligibility criteria, carer’s rights, care planning, direct payments and personal budgets)
12.50 pm – Looked after children and the ‘children leaving care’ duties
1.15 pm- Q + A session
1.30 pm – Buffet lunch
2.15 pm – Health: The continuing responsibilities of the NHS
2.30 pm – Strategies to ensure a successful transition into adulthood
2.45 pm – Q + A session
3.00 pm – Evaluations & Close


£10 for parents and carers; £25 for professionals (non-returnable)


To find out more and to book your place please contact Melanie Dean at melanied@cerebra.org.uk or telephone 01267 242 556.


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