As a parent of a child with learning or cognitive disabilities, you will have undoubtedly negotiated directly with schools, the Local Authority and the NHS about to your child’s education, care and treatment.
But as your child approaches adulthood at 16, Education, Health and Social Care services may refuse to deal with you or provide information about your child’s education, health and care needs and provision.
They may have also begun to make decisions about your child’s social care, education, Continuing Healthcare and housing, which you do not believe are in your child’s best interests.
Young people who lack mental capacity to make decisions regarding their education, health and care are particularly vulnerable at this time.
An application for Health and Welfare Deputyship to the Court of Protection can be a valuable source of decision making authority when your child transitions from children’s to adult social care.
As a Health and Welfare Deputy, you will be able to continue making decisions about care and treatment on your child’s behalf. Health Social Services and Education departments will have to involve you at the planning stage in order to ensure they meet your child’s needs.
Our specialist Community Care and Education Law team will assist you in answering important questions during this process, such as:
Transitioning from children’s services to adult social care can be a stressful time for families, particularly if your child is also moving on to further education, training or other day provision.
Our Community Care and Education Law team can assist you in making this application to the Court of Protection.