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Preparing for adult life

Preparing for adulthood means preparing to continue learning, living independently, participating in society being as healthy as possible in adult life.

When does it start?

Preparing for adulthood formally begins at year 9 (age 13/14) and can continue up to 25 years of age if there is an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in place. For some young people when the EHCP finishes, if they have health and social care needs, they will continue to have those needs met. Each transition plan will be unique, based on the individual’s circumstance and needs, we call this ‘person centred planning’.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of starting to plan at year 9 allows time to research options, plan the appropriate path and put in place any support the young person needs in their final years at school to make sure their progression in the future is successful. Planning early aims to make the transition into adult life smooth.

Any decisions or choices made are flexible. Young people’s ideas and wishes may change. However, it is a chance for people to start to look at what will be needed.

Identifying young people’s needs and aspirations early will help identify any gaps in service provision and shape the future provision of education, health and social care services in Rotherham.

It is really important that parents understand what support is available. This will depend on the young person’s level of need.

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