Preparing for Adulthood is the strand of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) reforms which aims to support young people to move into adulthood with fulfilling lives.
This process used to be called "transition", but the term transition can often just seem to mean the move from Children's to Adult's services. Preparing for Adulthood, whilst focusing on those aged 14-25, also requires a shift in thinking to encourage everyone working with children and young people to raise aspirations throughout their childhood and youth.
Young people have told us that the following four outcomes are important to them as they approach and go into adulthood:
- Paid employment (including self employment)
- Good Health
- Independent Living (choice and control over your life and support and good housing options)
- Community Inclusion (going out with friends, relationships)
In summary, young people have told us that they want more freedom, with choices about their future life.
Planning for this takes time and needs to start early on and preparing for adulthood should be an explicit conversation at school, at home and with all professionals involved. This is especially important as a young person enters Year 9 and moves into and through post 16 education.
This can be complex, as a range of professionals may be required to support a young person and the professionals involved may change as a person becomes older.
As young people turn 18 there is also a change in legislation and, with that, a change in the approach of professionals. Navigating through the information and the changes can be daunting. It is important that the services are available to help young people, their families and carers and the professionals who support them. The information on this website is designed to assist all of you through the process.
A new guide, "Time to Prepare" for Wandsworth's young people with disabilities and special needs has been created. And, "Preparing for Adulthood- A guide to Transitions in Wandsworth", both of which can be found, under 'Related Advice' on the right.
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