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Plans to support children and young people when they turn 18 to be given green light

A vital plan for supporting children and young people who are likely to have eligible social care needs when they turn 18 is set to be approved.

Lancashire County Council's cabinet will approve its adult social care transition policy,  a key document setting out the support for children, young people and their families who need extra support in preparing for adulthood. The policy also covers young carers who play a vital part in helping members of their family.

Aimed at enabling a smooth transition to adulthood for children, young people and their families, it sets out a framework to help the passage to employment, independent living, community inclusion and health.

Councillor Graham Gooch, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for adult social care, said: "Our adult social care transition policy statement will support some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our county from when they turn 18, so it's crucial that we work with our partners to ensure the right services are being provided.

"The county council has a vital role to play in ensuring children and young people who need support after they turn 18, and their carers, have access to support. This policy will play a key role in ensuring we continue to provide the right care and support services for them, in the right places, available at the right time."

Councillor Cosima Towneley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for children and families, said: "A significant part of our role is supporting children and young people with particular requirements prepare for life so they can achieve their aspirations. 

"It is essential that children and young people with eligible care and support needs are part of early planning for the next step of their life so they have every chance of achieving their potential and of leading a happy, fulfilled and active life before and after transferring from children's to adult services."