Adult Social Care

In 2021 Adult services was restructured. What were formerly the Adult Learning Disability and Preparing for Adulthood Teams have developed into an adult’s service to include adults with physical disabilities.

The newly formed Adult Service has expanded to respond to the needs of adults who: 

  • have learning disabilities
  • have physical disabilities  
  • are autistic

The two key teams within this new Adults Service are:

  • Young Adult and Independent Living Team (YAaIL) who work in partnership with a range of local services and agencies to provide information, advice and support to help disabled young people (aged 14-25) to develop and prepare for life as they become an adult.
  • Assessment and Review Team (AaRT) supports people who are likely to have significant and ongoing need for care and support throughout their lives and are eligible under the Care Act 2014.

Our officers will work with the people we support, their families and other professionals to look at their holistic needs and the support required to improve and maintain their well-being.

The Adult Service comprises of:

  • Team Managers
  • Senior Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Community Nurses
  • Senior Assessment Officers
  • Community Assessment Officers
  • Independent Lifestyle Officers
  • Carers Officer
  • Administrators
Adult Social Care Policy Hub

The Social Care Health and Housing  (SCHH) Policy & Practice Hub is a web-based portal that provides a central access point for local SCHH policies, procedures and practice guidance to support a wider understanding of Adult Social Care services. The hub includes

  • Central Bedfordshire Council Adult Social Care and Housing Policy
  • Safeguarding, Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards information
  • National Social Care Guidance
  • Information leaflets and links to partner organisations

Transition to Adult Care and Support Chapter – information about transitioning into Adult Social Care based on National guidance

The Person’s Care and Support Pathway: Local Teams and Services Chapter – information about CBC Adult Social Care teams

Community Assessment Service  - Adult Social Care – The Community Assessment service supports people by offering information and advice, connecting people to their communities, and undertaking assessments and reviews of people with care and support needs.

Community Assessment Service – YAIL – Young Adults and Independent Living (previously known as Preparing for Adulthood Team) is the first branch of the Adult Service. Our practitioners work in partnership with a range of local services and agencies including children’s services, education, health and housing services to provide information, advice and support to help people with disabilities to develop and prepare for life as they become adults as well as enabling adults with disabilities to be as independent as they can be.

Charging and Financial Assessment

In line with the Care Act 2014, the Local Authority has a responsibility to fairly determine whether or not to charge a person when it is arranging to meet a person’s care and support needs or a carer’s support needs. 

The overarching principle is that people should only be required to pay what they can afford. People will be entitled to financial support based on a means test and some will be entitled to free care. 

The Policy Hub’s section on Charging and Financial Assessment covers in detail the Local Authority’s approach to fairly charging for care and support. 

Direct Payments

Direct payments is funding which is allocated to an individual for the help and support they need.

Individuals can choose to take their personal budget, or part of it, as a direct cash payment, which they can spend on services, or if they wish they can choose to let the council arrange the services they require.

More information can be found on Central Bedfordshire Council's website:

The Adult Social Care Policy Hub includes a range of Factsheets and Easy Reads around Direct Payments within Adult Social Care.

How to Refer

Referral required

In order to determine eligibility for an adult social care service, we will begin to gather information about you and, where appropriate, will undertake an assessment of your needs, in line with The Care Act 2014 eligibility criteria.

Anyone can make a referral providing they have the consent of the person they are requesting support for, or it is in their best interest to be referred

Contact Details

Telephone (office hours): 0300 300 8000

Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
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