The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice 2014 states that the government’s “vision for children with special needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives”.
This includes preparing young people for:
- Higher Education and/or Employment
- Independent Living
- Participating in Society
The support for preparing for adulthood needs to start early, in Blackpool we start this process in Year 9 (aged 14) and it should centre around the child or young person's own aspirations, interests and needs. A Transitions Co-ordinator attends Year 9 Educational, Health and Care plan Annual Reviews to give information, advice and guidance to the young person and family.
Blackpool Council have a Transitions policy which applies to young people with disabilities who will be leaving school.
It is intended to provide clarity as to the respective roles of Children’s and Adult Social Services in managing the transition process and to:
- Improve continuity of care between adult and children’s teams.
- Give young people and their families as much information as possible about choices available in adulthood.
- Give clarity about responsibilities during the transition process.
- Provide a structure to try and ensure a seamless move between services, and a framework for identifying and dealing with gaps as part of that move.
The Council for Disabled have sent out the following update on preparation for adulthood which might be of interest - February 2020.