Becoming an adult and preparing for the future

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 can be an exciting time of new opportunities, choices and increased independence. But it can also be a difficult and uncertain time for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and require more careful consideration and planning.

In Brent, we want young people with SEND to maximise their potential by achieving the best possible outcomes in adult life. This is why it is especially important that they, along with their families, are actively involved in the planning and decision-making process as they approach this time in their lives.

This section of our Local Offer has information and advice about four key areas, which nationally, young people with SEND have said are important to them.  

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  • Higher education and/or employment and training - 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
  • Social inclusion - including having friends and supportive relationships and participating in, and contributing to, the local community
  • Staying healthy - achieving optimum health and wellbeing in adult life.

In Year 9 at school we will start person-centred transition planning around the young person's needs.

Further information about Brent’s transition planning protocol

Brent is committed to providing the best and most appropriate services to young people with SEND as they approach the transition to adulthood and beyond.

We appreciate, however, that it can be a challenging time for parents. To help you, we are in the process of drawing up a transition planning protocol, which sets out how this important stage in a young person's life is managed. This document will set out the responsibilities that different agencies, parent/carers and young people have to ensure that effective planning and positive outcomes for young people can be achieved.

The services that might be involved include:

  • Children with Disabilities Team (0 to 13 years)
  • Transitions Team (14 to 25 years)
  • Adult social care services
  • Schools
  • Further education (FE) colleges
  • Housing services
  • Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • Voluntary sector organisations

View more information about how professionals and parents can help young people prepare for the future.