Becoming an adult
As you become a young adult, you will start thinking about what you want to do when you leave school and what support you may need to help you do this. We call this change 'transition'
A good transition means you will be as independent as possible when you are an adult so that you have a good life. The schools Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) will help you plan for this from the age of 14, while you are at school. This is also known as a Year 9 Review and if you have disabilities a social worker will also be involved in the review.
Your education, health and care plan (EHC plan) will be the starting point for planning your move into adulthood and you may receive some support until you are 25. The EHC plan will help you to continue with education or help you look for a job.
Your transition to adult services may affect the way your services are provide from health education and social care. You can learn more about this in the Preparing for Adulthood and Transition presentation (PDF, 1MB).
Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
In year 9 we will begin talking to you about moving into adulthood. We will also talk to people who can help you think about what is important to you and what you would like to do in the future.
- your school
- your family or carers who look after you
- your friends
- your social worker or transition officer from the council
- someone who looks after your health
These talks will help us make a transition plan for you.
Will my EHCP change?
Your plan will be reviewed with you every year or more often if you need to. This will be another meeting where everyone can make sure the plan is going well and make any changes if this is needed.
Things that are important to you will be in your plan. Here are some ideas:
- where you live
- your friends
- school and college
- staying safe
- going to work
- staying healthy
- your family
Before your 18th birthday, you may have an initial assessment of needs by Adult services to check if you have eligible needs. This may lead to someone in the Council conducting a Care Act assessment which may lead to services being provided by Adult services. If you do not meet the Care Act eligibility criteria, you will be provided with information, advice and support to help you remain independent.
Who can I talk to if I have questions?
If you need to talk to someone, contact your social worker or you can contact the Children's SEN Team on 020 8489 1913 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Transition policy - children’s services and adult services (PDF, 99KB) - a document that tells you how Children’s and Adult’s services intend to work during the process of transition|
Preparing for adulthood: Top tips for families (PDF, 148KB) - will give you tips to consider when preparing for adulthood.
An easy read version is also available: Easy Read version - Preparing for adulthood: Top tips for families (PDF, 877KB).
Your young person will have an annual education review from Year 9.
Preparing for Adult Life Plan review documents:
|The Preparing for Adulthood pathway guide (PDF, 716KB) gives an indication of the process from age 13 to 25. The guide will help you to plan your future into adulthood.|
|Referral to Adult Services (PDF, 45KB) - shows the process of referral to Adult Social Care|
|Personalisation (PDF, 249KB) - provides information as to how the Adults Learning Disability Partnership Team help young people to manage their personal budgets to purchase their individual care packages|
|The Moving On Tool (PDF, 152KB) aims to help you search for information and advice more easily|
More Advice and Support
- Learning Disabilities
- Adult social care assessment
- Haricare - Directory of Adult Social Care Services
- Disabilities and Sensory Impairment
- Direct Payments - for people who receive adult social care
- Haringey Mental Health Service
Useful external links
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