I'm under 18
Important information about changing from a children's direct payment to an adult's direct payment
2) The referral to the Preparing For Adulthood Team (who are part of Adult Social Care) should be done in a timely manner. Children can be referred at 16. The young person will have a Care Act assessment. Parents/carers may also be entitled to have a carer assessment.
3) There should have already been a discussion with the children’s social care worker about the charging policy within adult services. Please be aware that any adult with eligible needs is subject to a financial assessment, and may need to pay a contribution (unless assessed as a carer). The preparing for adulthood worker will make a referral to the Financial Assessment Team. If you need to pay a contribution this will need to be paid into the Direct Payment account. For more info take a look at our 'Money matters' section.
4) A discussion about the young person’s capacity to consent to support should happen from the age of 16. The assumption is they can consent to support, so if there's a question about this there should be an assessment of capacity carried out by the Children's Team under the Mental Capacity Act.
5) If the young person has the capacity and wants to manage a direct payment account themselves, the direct payment account will need to be changed over to their name, or a new one opened.
6) If the young person does have capacity to consent to the support and the direct payment, but wishes for a parent/carer to continue managing the direct payment account post-18, the parent/carer becomes the nominated person. There's a form to complete, and the direct payment account can remain in the parent/carer name if they're the nominated person. For more information on this take a look at our nominated and authorised person guidance page.
7) If there's a lack of capacity, there will be a need for a 'best interest' decision. If it's agreed that continued use of a direct payment is in the best interests of the person, an authorised person will be needed to take on the full responsibility of the direct payment account. Again, a form is needed, and the direct payment account can remain in the parent/carer name. They would be the authorised person. Take a look at our nominated and authorised person guidance page for more information.
8/ If the direct payment account remains the same, details still need to be given to the preparing for adulthood worker to pass onto adult finance, as it's different to the children's finance.
9) Once everything has been agreed in a support plan the money for the direct payment from the adult team budget should be paid into the direct payment account in a timely manner. There can be delays, which means that you may need to use outstanding money (which comes from the children's team budget) in the direct payment account to pay for support. However, once the young person turns 18 its best not to use any outstanding monies in the account, as this will need to be audited and reclaimed back to the children's team.
10) Rates of pay remain the same when you move into adult services. Employed PAs will receive £10.20/hr, self employed PAs receive £11.94/hr.