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Preparing for Adulthood

For young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) growing up and becoming an adult is a time of much change. They will be moving towards personal independence and setting out on their life path.

Young people with disabilities can experience difficulties in accessing information about transition as they make the move into adulthood. They may be receiving services from different agencies such as health, social care, voluntary agencies and education services and not know who to discuss their future plans, choices or concerns with.

When you turn 18, you are legally an adult. This means that you will no longer need help from children services. Instead you will need adult services.

This page aims to give you information about the different steps in preparing for adulthood and includes related services and advice and support information to support you at this time.

For lots more useful information and advice please visit the Preparation for Adulthood Website.

What does Transition mean?

Transition means change. We use this word when we talk about the journey from school to adulthood and how we plan the change to your services.

We must draw up a plan for every young person with a Statement of Special Educational Needs - this is now known as an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). If you are receiving services from the SEND 0-25 Service, these workers will be involved so that the support you need can be transferred to adult services.

Transition planning

Transition planning offers an important opportunity for you and your family to make choices and decisions about your future care options.

The information on these pages aims to provide you and your parent/carers with information about what you can expect during transition.

Transition planning is all about you, so we want all young people to be fully involved in planning for their future and at each step of the decision making process.

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