Preparing for adulthood
Preparing for adulthood can help you to achieve positive outcomes, such as:
- further education and/or employment – what you might want to study, what type of job you might like and how to get it.
- independent living – how to make you as independent as possible as you become an adult, including where you would like to live.
- 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.
To get ready for these changes, preparing for adulthood discussions will usually start when you are 14 years old and in year 9 at school. We work with you to create an action plan, which will focus on what you would like to do, and what will need to be put in place to help you learn, find employment and live independently, depending on your choices. You should be at the centre of any discussions and planning for your future. It is essential that you and your family participate fully to make sure that your wishes are included, and that any support is suitable and meets your needs.
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- Ready Steady Go – a tool to help young people through the process of preparing, planning and moving from children’s to adult services.
- The Devon Youth Prospectus can help you find out about the education options in your area and how you can make the right choice.
- CSW Group supports young people in Year 11 with SEND to transfer to post-16 education or training.
- Devon’s Preparing for Adulthood Strategy explains how Devon supports the transition for young people who are likely to have needs for care and support into adulthood.
- Devon’s Adult Social Care and Health page has a range of information, including the Joint Autism Strategy and Eligibility Policy for adult social care.
- The Support for Schools pages have documents for professionals to support the SEND journey.
- The national preparing for adulthood website
Mental capacity, the person-centred approach, your rights and the law
Information about the support you can get as a carer
Information about the transition between children’s and adults’ health services.
Your options for employment, education and training post-16
About your place to live
Information about travelling in Devon
How to develop skills for independent living