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Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) - preparing for adulthood

Preparing for adulthood is a process that all young people go through when they move on from being a teenager and become an adult. It is an exciting time but it has been recognised that this can be a difficult time for some young people, especially those with special educational needs and disabilities. It can sometimes take longer and take much more careful preparation than for other young people of a similar age.

The Special Education Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice (2014) says that we need to start thinking about preparing for adulthood from an early age, and be making specific plans from Year 9 onwards. Young people with an education, health and care plan should be thinking about including outcomes in their plan that help them to prepare for adulthood. This should include plans for education, training or employment, health needs, housing, leisure, social relationships, and social care amongst other things. We are working to build on and improve the existing pathways to adulthood for young people across the county.

Education, health and care plans are reviewed during person-centred meetings and people who know the young person well can also help the young person to plan for the future. However, once the young person is 16 their views will be paramount.

Raising aspirations

The code of practice reinforces the belief that with high aspirations, and the right support, the vast majority of children and young people can go on to achieve successful long-term outcomes in adult life. Agencies across North Yorkshire will work together to help children and young people to realise their ambitions in relation to:

  • 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 - enabling people to have choice and control over their lives and the support they receive, 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; and
  • Being as healthy as possible in adult life.
This page was last updated on 20 April 2016