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Preparation for Adulthood

The Preparation for Adulthood service has been set up to pilot a new whole system way of working to support young people transitioning into adulthood.

We use a strength-based approach and put the young person and their family or support network in the centre of what we do.

We are a true person-centred service and work together with the young person to co-produce better outcomes.

We want to raise aspirations for young people in Birmingham and will support them in their own decision-making, with a focus on what the young person wants.

We want to connect young people, parents and carers to services across Birmingham and utilise the communities the young people live in.

We will ensure that with the right access to information and other services- we can really improve their quality of life and support them to make positive choices into adulthood.

For more information about Preparation for Adulthood, please email to speak to a member of the team.

Preparation for Adulthood focuses on helping young adults aged 14 to 30 achieve outcomes in:


We can work with young people to better understand how to be physically and mentally healthy with support from our specialist team and connect them to the right local services.


We can support young people to feel safe at home, have safe and stable housing, have sufficient skills in their household management, understand their housing options, and to have a better relationship with their family or carers.


We can support young people and younger adults to identify employment opportunities, offering practical advice and information about jobs and apprenticeships.

Friendships, Relationships and the Community

We can work with young people to have a steady support system, have a better relationship with their peers, and feel part of their community and feel safe there.

We are a service that works collaboratively across Birmingham to help young people, aged 14—30, transition into adulthood. We want to improve outcomes for young people by connecting them to services and community projects in their local area.

We support young people aged 14-30 who:

  • Have Additional Needs
  • Have statutory health and social care assessments
  • Have received a young carers assessment in the last 12 months
  • Are in care or who have left the care system
  • Are attending Special Schools and Special Colleges
  • Are a household member, aged between 16-25, who lives with a young person receiving PFA support

The B.R.I.D.G.E Team stands for Building resilience, independence, direction, guidance and empowerment.

We support young people and younger adults with multiple risk factors, such as those who are homeless, have mental health difficulties, have endured trauma, are at risk of causing harm to themselves or who are part of the criminal justice system.

We are a new service that works collaboratively across the whole of Birmingham. We do not replace any statutory services.

We support young people aged 14-30 who:

  • Have endured trauma and / or have mental health difficulties either diagnosed or undiagnosed
  • Have a vulnerability that could pose a risk or cause harm to themselves or others
  • Are at risk of offending
  • Are at risk of being exploited
  • Are currently a part of the criminal justice system (CJS) as an adult or young person either in custody or in the community
  • Are leaving the CJS or a statutory service who require support
  • Are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness
  • Need support in at least one of our four key areas:
    • Health
    • Housing
    • Employment
    • Friends, relationships and community
Burdett National Transition Nurse Network (for Professionals)

The network supports transition leads within healthcare organisations to improve transition pathways, which in turn improves patient and family experience and adherence, which aims ultimately to improve long term health outcomes for young people.

There is a Regional Nurse Advisor (RNA) based in each of the four regions of England, and they will be carrying out the project work, mapping where transition is happening, and supporting key professionals in a ‘train the trainer’ approach to improve the quality of process. They are collecting information to populate a database of contacts to help all professionals understand who to contact for information about transition in any area in England, thus making it easier to work more collaboratively with other partner organisations.

Any professionals working with young people with long term health needs are welcome to contact Nathan Samuels, the RNA rep for Birmingham. He can be contacted on or 07717355169.


EXploring Innovations in Transitions to adulthood - EXIT Study

The Council is collaborating with University of Warwick over the next two years in a National Research partnership to better understand how innovation for vulnerable young people and care leavers can be supported to become sustainable and make a difference.

The research aligns with our current aims to achieve whole system change to make impact on our care leavers.  With Birmingham identified as one of six research sites from around the UK, a care-experienced team of researchers from Warwick Business School are focusing on PFA and a second innovation to be identified.

This work is being championed by both Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Children's Trust. In addition to PFA, work is also being undertaken to identifying a second innovation to be included in this project.  The research will focus upon the whole system change we are aiming to achieve and the impact that it has upon our care leavers. 

You can find more information on this and how to take part on the Council's website.

Last updated: 3/26/2021

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