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Overview of Preparing for Adulthood

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Leaving school and moving into adulthood can be a challenging time for all young people, especially for those with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).  It’s never too early to think about preparing for adulthood and what this period of transition may involve, ensuring that the aspirations of the young person are at the heart of all planning.

Young people and their parents and carers may be unsure about what to expect and where to get advice, support or information to help make decisions at this key time.  Herefordshire Council has developed a Children and Young People with Disabilities and Complex Needs - Preparing for Adulthood Protocol, to help support and improve the transition process from childhood to adulthood. 

The protocol has been co-produced with young people and Parent Carer Voice Herefordshire to ensure everyone works together for the benefit of the young person, their parents and carers and outlines the preparing for adulthood pathway, including specific roles and responsibilities for all key agencies.

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