Under the Care Act 2014, everyone is assessed using the same eligibility criteria, regardless of the nature of their disability or health condition. This means your assessment is based on what support you need, rather than why you need it.
If you need specialist support, this may be provided by our Learning Disability Team. The LD Team are made up of Adult Social Care staff and NHS staff, which means they can support with both health and social care needs.
We use the British Psychological Society definition of learning disability, which means the team supports people who have a significant impairment of intellectual, adaptive or social functioning that started before age 18.
Young people in transition from children's services who meet this criteria are usually referred by their current support service after their 16th birthday. We can sometimes accept self-referrals where the young person is not supported by children's services, for example where needs are met by the family. If eligible, support would start at age 18.