Preparing for adulthood

Preparing for adulthood can help you to achieve positive outcomes, such as:

  1. further education and/or employment – what you might want to study, what type of job you might like and how to get it.
  2. independent living – how to make you as independent as possible as you become an adult, including where you would like to live.
  3. participating in society, including having friends and supportive relationships, and participating in, and contributing to, the local community.
  4. 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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