Guidance around transitioning from age 14 (Year 9) through to adulthood.
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 having choice, control and freedom over your life, the support you receive, your accommodation and living arrangements.
- having a life - 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
When it starts
Preparing for adulthood formally begins at year 9 (age 13/14) and can continue up to 25 years of age as long as there is an education, health and care (EHC) plan in place. When the EHC plan finishes, if the young person has health and social care needs, these needs will continue to be met. A transition plan will be developed at each review meeting and each transition plan will be unique, based on the individual's circumstance and needs.
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. Early planning aims to make the transition into adulthood a smoother process.
Any decisions or choices are flexible. Your child's ideas and wishes may change. However, it is a chance 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 Kirklees, including accommodation.
Short videos of young peoples experiences: