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Moving into Adulthood

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Planning for Adult Life

Young people entering post-16 education and training should be accessing provision which supports them to build on their achievements at school and which helps them progress towards adulthood. Young people with EHC plans are likely to need more tailored post-16 pathways SEND Code Of Practice 8.22.

Preparing for adulthood is about preparing for things like higher education, independent living, being involved in the community and being as healthy as possible in adult life. It needs to start early – schools and other service providers should start having discussions with young people about long-term goals, ideally before they reach the age of 14.

The following links offer advice and support to young people:

Duties on Local Authorities

Dudley Local Authority has a range of duties which are particularly relevant to support and prepare young people for adulthood.

The following links offer advice and support to young people:

Mental Capacity Act

The right of young people to make a decision is subject to their capacity to do so, as is set out in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The underlying principal of the act is to ensure that those who lack capacity are supported to make as many decisions for themselves, as possible.


Dudley SENDIASS (formerly Dudley Parent Partnership Service) provides impartial information. advice and support to young people and parents, covering special educational needs (SEN), disability, health and social care

Helpline number:01384 817373
Address: Saltwells Education Centre, Bowling Green Road Netherton, Dudley DY2 9LY


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