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16+ Preparing for Adulthood - Bracknell Forest

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Preparing for adulthood needs to begin early – schools and professional involved with you  should start having discussions with you about your long-term goals, so you can start planning for your future.

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, or professionals such as teachers, lecturers, youth works, social workers to be supporting you with this.

From the age of 16, you are:

  • Recognised as a young person by law.
  • Entitled to have your views, wishes and feelings respected.
  • Entitled 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 making plans and decisions about:

  • Education and employment
  • How to be as healthy as possible in adult life
  • Socialising and being part of the community
  • Independent living

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