Preparing for Adulthood - Bracknell Forest
Preparing for adulthood needs to begin early – schools and professional involved with you should start having discussions with you as a young person about long-term goals, ideally before you reach the age of 14, so you can start planning for your future.
The term ‘Transition’ is often used to describe the journey of a child and young person through to adulthood.
You should be supported to prepare for adulthood so that you become as independent as possible and are given opportunities to take more control over your life. You can expect your parents or carers, professional such as teachers, lecturers, youth works, social workers to be supporting you with this.
This is particularly important for you as a young person with SEN or disabilities.
From the age of 16, you are recognised as a young person by law. You are entitled to have your views, wishes and feelings respected, and to be involved in decisions about planning for your adulthood, if you are able to.
You therefore have the right as a young person to be directly involved in deciding your support. - For example, you have the right to request an assessment to be considered for an Education, Health and Care Plan (see below) and the right to request a Personal Budget
Your parents or other family members can continue to support you in making decisions, or act on your behalf if you want them to.
Preparing for adulthood is about preparing for:
1. Education and/or employment – this includes different employment options, such as support for becoming self-employed. See links to:
- Further Education and our local college-Bracknell & Wokingham College
- Further Education and Careers Advice
- Learning options and help to choose also see SEN Routes Post-16 diagram and local options.
- Training and preparing for work
- Supported internships
- Youth in custody with SEN
- Going to university and Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) - our local university - Reading University
- Support in Exams
- The kind of support you can get as a learner:
- SEN Support (see Local Offer SEN Support webpage and detailed descriptions by Contact and Ipsea
- Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans. See animation for teenagers and Local Offer EHC Plan webpage
- Support and advice for you - IASS - Information, Advice and Support Service
- Elevate Me Berkshire is an online tool which is part of Elevate Berkshire, the place for 16-24 year olds in Berkshire to get help, advice and support on employment, work experience, volunteering and mentoring. Click here for ElevateMe Bracknell Forest.
- Further Education, Training and Work - Bracknell Directory/Local Offer webpage
2. 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. See link to Independent living
Visit Bracknell Forest's Adult Services 'Help Yourself' Community Map for further social & leisure information for those age 18yrs +