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Making the move from a children’s support service to an adult service is an important and exciting chapter in a young person’s life. At Lifeways, we’ll be by your side to ensure your transition process goes as smoothly as possible. To help you understand the process we've put together some ‌differences between child and adult services.

What are the differences between child and adult support services?

The transitioning process typically begins around the age of 14 and usually runs between the ages of 16 and 18 - in line with your transition into adulthood. Transitioning into adulthood often means more independence, and the move from child to adult support services will offer you the same opportunity - whether that’s moving into supported living and experiencing living independently, or making more choices about your support and treatment plan. 

During your journey through child support services, it’s likely that when talking to support workers, doctors and other healthcare professionals, they will have mainly discussed your treatment and support plans with your parents or loved ones. When you ‌transition to adult support services, you’ll be able to influence decisions more, with support workers and health professionals discussing any support plans with you, alongside your parents and carers. You will have input on what you want to achieve, including any goals or desires which will influence your support plan so you receive the most effective support to lead a happy, fulfilling life.

If you feel that your next step is to leave the family home, then supported living could be an option for you. Supported living will give you the opportunity to live in your own home where you can ‌decorate your own space, be in charge of your own bills, and develop valuable life skills, all with 24/7 support from our friendly support workers as and when you need it.

Alisha’s transition story

One of our supported living residents, Alisha, made the move from a college for people with disabilities to a Lifeways supported living shared house, read more about her transition journey here.

“My family wanted the best outcome for me, but to be honest mum wanted me to live nearer to her,” said Alisha. “Lifeways reassured her that I’d have full control of my support and she would still be able to be in the picture as much as she could, so I think that helped her accept my decision.”

How we can help

Lifeways is the UK's largest team of professionals who support adults living with complex needs in the community. Across England, Scotland, and Wales, we support adults with needs including learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and mental health conditions. We’ve supported countless young adults in their transition to adult services, and we’ll be here to support your family through this journey.

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