The SEND Code of Practice states that everyone working with children and young people with SEN or disabilities across education (including early years, schools, colleges and 16 to 19 academies), health and social care, should support children and young people with SEN and disabilities to prepare for adult life.
Preparing for adulthood means preparing for:
- Higher education and/or employment – this includes exploring different employment options, such as support for becoming self-employed and help from supported employment agencies
- Independent living – this means young people having 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
The SEND Code of practice points out that being supported towards greater independence and employability can be life-transforming for those with SEN and disabilities and this support needs to start early and centre around the child or young person’s own aspirations, interests and needs. All professionals working with them should share high aspirations and help them to achieve their ambitions.
Find out more about Preparing for Adulthood with these links below;
Youtube videos on Preparing for Adulthood
Sutton’s Local Offer here; Preparing for Adulthood Sutton for employment opportunities, further education choices, or ways to stay fit and healthy.