The Children and Families Act 2014 has added new duties to the Children Act 1989 to assess young carers and establish whether they are ‘children in need’ and to assess parents/carers of disabled children and consider what support they may need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989. This should lead to more comprehensive identification of young carers and parents/carers on which to build a transition strategy. Transition for these groups is discussed in more detail in the SCIE guidance on transition for young carers and adult carers.
See video below profiling people with learning disabilities making a great success of paid work.
This is facilitated through Dudley Hub via Dudley College. The aim of the service is to provide young people with support via various activities to increase self-confidence, instil optimism and encourage growth.
Dudley has a team that provide information and support with regard to travel training and road safety. This service is co-ordinated by Dudley MBC’s Road Safety and Travel Awareness Team who work very closely and successfully with both Children’s Services Transport Team, and the Connexions Team. The benefits of the scheme are far reaching, providing independence and confidence in the students as well as giving them increased life choices.
For more information about these areas please see the following link:
Specialist Inclusion Services provides support to people with a disability, families and other organisations to promote inclusion for disabled children and young people.
Please see below links which identifies all the schools (both Primary and Secondary) which support children and young people with disabilities as well as mainstream education providers:
Please see link below which identifies further educational establishments in Dudley:
Preparing for Adulthood is a programme that has been put together as part of the Delivering Better Outcomes Together consortium. It aims to support young people to gain skills in order to support their transition into adulthood. They offer a range of programmes.
Connexions offer a wide range of support for young people and their families with regard to accessing education/employment and developing necessary skills to support this.
The following link provides more information about post 16 education:
The following link provides information about support available for adults with a range of disabilities to access employment:
From September 2014 local authorities have a responsibility to ensure that they make information available about health, education and social care for young people and their families. The local offer includes those young people who have an Educational Health Care Plan under the Children & Families Act, SEND September 2014 and SEND Reform.
For more information about the youth employment initiative please follow the link:
Employment support providers offer support and advice about how to access support opportunities.