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Preparing for adulthood

What does it mean?

The term “Preparing for Adulthood” is used to describe the process of moving from childhood into adulthood. Young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) should have equal life chances as they move into adulthood.

When does it start?

The Preparing for Adulthood Pathway starts when a young person is in Year 9 (13 or 14 years old). It may continue beyond the age of 19, for some young people, if it is considered that they require a longer period in education or training in order to achieve their outcomes and make an effective transition. Transition support from other agencies may continue until the young person is 25.

What are preparing for adulthood outcomes?

We will agree short and long terms outcomes to support the progress of the young person in meeting their educational and career aspirations. These steps must prepare and support them to achieve the preparing for adulthood outcomes:

  • Higher Education and/or employment - including exploring different employment options, such as support for becoming self-employed and help from supported employment agencies 
  • Independent living - this means young people have choice, control and freedom over their lives and the support they have, their accommodation and living arrangements, including supported living 
  • Participating in society - including having friends and supportive relationships, and participating in, and contributing to, the local community 
  • Being as healthy as possible in adult life - ensuring access to the right health professionals who understand the young person’s learning difficulties and disabilities.

During personalised annual reviews the school, family, representatives from the council and professionals will get together with the young person to identify the most appropriate pathway, enabling them to achieve their PfA outcomes.

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