Preparing for adulthood – how can we help

Adult Learning Disabilities Team (ALDT)

Our team is team made up of:

  • care managers (Social Workers Community Nurses)
  • Independent Lifestyles Officers
  • team managers
  • operations manager
  • administrators
  • are managers specialising in Autism and working with carers

Access and referral

The following groups can get support:

  • anyone with a learning disability who is older than 14 years of age
  • a child or young adult with a physical disability 14 -25 years old
  • children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum condition -14 years or older, who meets the Care Act 2014 eligibility criteria (link opens in new window)
  • anyone deemed vulnerable may also be eligible for an assessment under the Care Act 2014.

However, although the Adult Learning Disabilities Team ALDT may assess, gather information and offer advice and guidance from the age of 14 they are unable to provide services before your are 18.

If you have not met the criteria for Children’s Social Care, you may meet Care Act 2014 eligibility once you turn 18.

How do I access the team - what is the referral route?

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.

If you have a Children’s Services Social Worker they should make the referral if you are likely to have eligible needs as an adult.

How to contact us?

Directly through the ALDT office number. Please call us on 0300 300 8100.

When are our busy periods and why?

We are available during office hours. If it is an out of hours emergency there is an Emergency Duty Team and their contact details will be on the answer phone or call directly on 0300 300 8123.

Who are we and what we do?


An administrator is likely to be the first person you talk to if you call the ALDT. 

They answer calls from 8:45am to 5:20pm. They will try and put you in contact with the most appropriate person to deal with your question. They have access all the calendars; so if the person you want to talk to is not available they should be able to let you know when they will be available. 

Independent Lifestyle Officers

Independent Lifestyles Officers are members of The Independent Lifestyles Team (TILT) within the ALDT.

Your Independent Lifestyle Officer will work alongside you to maximise your independence so you have more choice and control around the practical aspects of your life such as cooking, cleaning, travel training and budget management.

They will undertake a Living Skills Assessment and then work with you for a period of up to 12 weeks.  Following this they will help you create a Progression Plan which will describe how your needs could be met moving forward.

This plan can be used to inform your Education, Health and Care Plan.

If you meet the criteria for an Independent Lifestyle Officer they can start to work with you at any time after your 14th birthday.

Carers Support Worker

A Carers Support worker helps the carer. They will assess the level of care being given  and  the impact and pressures the caring role is having on the carer’s health and wellbeing. This is in line with the Care Act 2014. If you have a care manager they will offer and undertake the Carers Assessment with your consent. They will then work with the Carers to find ways to relieve some of the pressure.

Care Manager

Your Care Manager could be a social worker or community nurse dependant on your need. Your Care Manager will assess your care and support needs and  is responsible for ensuring you have the right level of support available to you to enable you to work towards your long term goals. They will work with you and your parent/carers should you agree to achieve this. They will endeavour to be known to you before your 18th birthday.

Senior Practitioner

Senior Practitioners fulfil the same role as Care Managers but may have a specialism area.

Team Manager

ALDT Team Managers have supervisory responsibility and deal with auditing, quality assurance and complaints.

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