Preparing for adulthood

View more detail on the 4 areas in the sections below.

Growing up and becoming an adult is known as Preparing for Adulthood or PfA for short. There are 4 areas of PfA which are important for everyone growing up. These are:

  • Education, training and employment 
  • Independent living
  • Having friends and being part of your community
  • Keeping healthy

The Local Offer has more information on Preparing for Adulthood and what to expect.

Annual health checks

Annual health checks are designed to promote the early detection and treatment of physical and mental health problems. If you are over 14 and on the GP Learning Disabilities register then your GP will invite you for an Annual Health Check.  You can find out more about the Annual Health Checks on the Mencap website.

If you aren’t on the Learning Disabilities Register and you have a Learning Disability then ask your GP to add you.


Once your child turns 18 then you will become a “carer” rather than a “parent carer”.

Gloucestershire Carers Hub

Gloucestershire Carers Hub provides information and support for Gloucestershire’s unpaid carers.

Mental Capacity Act 2015

The Mental Capacity Act is about how decisions are made about people who are 16 years old and over. The law says that we must help people to make their own decisions wherever possible.  When a person cannot make their own decision other people have to decide what is in their best interests.  Often the person’s family will make these decisions but sometimes other people must make a decision for example a doctor if it is a medical decision.  This is very different to how decisions are made regarding children where relatives can make all the decisions.

The Mencap Society offer some further advice and information on this.

Page updated: 05/05/2021 Page updated by: GCC

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