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14 to 25 years: Preparing for Adulthood

All young people face change as they start to move from being a teenager to becoming young adults and begin to make important decisions about their future. Professionals often call this ‘the transition to adulthood’. This change can be more complicated for young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) as they are often involved in planning with a number of people from different organisations. Not knowing what is going to happen in the future can often create anxiety and worry.

Good planning for transition is important and this involves getting people to work together, making sure that the young person and their family is at the centre of the discussion. Planning starts before young people leave school so that each young person’s needs and choices are fully explored and their transition is planned and supported.

On this page, we have put together lots of information we think you might need if you have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) so that you and your family and the people supporting you can plan your transition and help you prepare for adulthood.

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