Recently there have been a lot of changes to the way young people with SEND prepare and move towards and into an adult life. This is because many people, including young people, families, those who provide support to young people and the government felt that things could be done in a better way to make it easier during this 'transition' stage.
A video was made by The Council for Disabled Children and young people, where young people actually explain the changes and what they mean.
Thinking and planning for adult life now starts when children are in Year 9 (aged 13-14) at school. Checks will be made every year to see how things are going and changes can be made to anything that is not working well.
The main big changes are:
The four areas that are looked at to try and plan what you want from them are:
All of these areas along with more information can be found on the Preparing for Adulthood website. This was set up by a national organisation who specialise in giving advice and strategies to young people with SEND to help them develop independence and go on to lead fulfilling lives.
In 2011, the Department of Health (DoH) published a document called Pathways to getting a life: transition planning for full lives. This document sets out the best ways to help young people have the lives they really want and was recommended as a way to achieve better life chances for young people with learning disabilities, as well as a way of using resources more efficiently.
The council work in accordance these pathways and the Department of Further Education (DfE) has designed a supportive tool to help think and plan for the four Preparing for Adulthood outcomes. This is part of EHC planning across the age ranges from early years upwards.
The tool can be downloaded here
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