Shropshire Council

Social care – Preparing for Adulthood Team

05 October 2018 Last updated at 10:08

The Shropshire Adult Social Care team has been exploring how it can improve the support offered to young people in the county, and as a result of this we're pleased to introduce our new Preparing for Adulthood Team, launched on the 5 September 2018.

Preparing for Adulthood team

Left to right: Lisa Williams – Preparing for Adulthood Team (Market Drayton), Sue Bunker – Central Shropshire team manager, Kelly Kubilius – Preparing for Adulthood lead, Anne Hampson – Preparing for Adulthood Team (South Shropshire), Sam Wilkinson – Preparing for Adulthood Team (Central Shropshire), Tanya Miles – head of Adult Social Care, Helen Youens – Preparing for Adulthood Team (Oswestry), Tracy Waldron-Pegge – Preparing for Adulthood Team (Central Shropshire) and Lynne Gargiulo – Oswestry team manager.

The team has six dedicated Preparing for Adulthood social workers/practitioners and a lead for Preparing for Adulthood.

They're based across the county and will work as a virtual team, meeting monthly to share good practice, resources and receive training. Young people will remain with their social worker from the point of referral (which will be around each young person’s 16th birthday) until their longer-term plans are in place, which may include employment, accommodation and daily activities. What this will look like for each young person will be different as it will be designed with the young person’s needs at the centre.

The team will have close links with the SEND team, education, children’s social care, safeguarding, mental health, health, advocacy and many other organisations to ensure that each young person receives support which is tailored to meet their needs in a way that maximises their potential to achieve and promotes their independence. The team is also supported by lead workers from the Adult Mental Health Social Work team and Adult Safeguarding.

We've been working on making information more easily accessible to young people and their families. The local offer webpages have been under review, and we're developing the adult social care pages to give clearer information about how we work. This will include a flow chart that will show how young people, depending on their needs, can access support. Examples will be illustrated with personal stories that will be developed from a range of young people’s experiences. This development is supported by a group of young people who have accessed adult social care support to ensure that it meets the needs of young people.

The Adult Social Care team is working in partnership with Shropshire SEND team and Severndale Specialist Academy to host an annual Preparing for Adulthood event at Shrewsbury Town Football Club. Each young person under the age of 25 with an EHCP in the county, along with their family or carers, will be invited to attend the event each year. A wide range of agencies and services will be there on the day to give information and advice to young people and their families to support planning for the future. The agencies will include education, care support, advocacy, social care, housing, assistive technology and many more. There will also be a rolling programme of speakers on the day. We hope that by making this event annual we can keep young people and their families up-to-date with what's available in the county and support planning for the future.

The Preparing for Adulthood model is likely to evolve further in future as we continue to learn how the ‘named social worker’ approach works in Shropshire – Watch this space for further developments.