Being supported towards greater independence and employability can be life transforming for children and young people with SEN. This support needs to start early, and should centre around the child  or  young  person’s  own  aspirations,  interests  and  needs. All professionals working with them should share high aspirations and have a good understanding of what support is effective in enabling children and young people to achieve their ambitions

7.37 DfE (2015) Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice

Preparing for adulthood means preparing for:


  • Higher education and/or employment – this includes exploring different employment options, such as support for becoming self-employed and help from supported employment agencies
  • Independent living – this means young people having choice, control and freedom over their lives and the support they have, their accommodation and living arrangements, including supported living
  • 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 make sure children and young people are given the best opportunities to reach these outcomes planning starts at the earliest age, starting at 14 at the latest. This means there is always a focus on developing the skills a disabled young person, or a young person with special educational needs, is in need of to achieve good outcomes in their adult lives.


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Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.