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Preparation for Adulthood (PFA) is for people from 14 years old who have complex needs and disabilities. It supports them on their transition from children's to adult services.

Introduction to PFA

PFA supports young people and young adults to have a fulfilling transition from childhood to adulthood.

PFA combines models of social care practice across children’s and adults services. This follows the principles of strength-based practice in both children’s and adults current methodology. These include Restorative Practice, Three Conversations and Family Group Conferencing.

The Dudley Preparing for Adulthood Strategy and Action Plan 2020-25 launched in July 2021. The focus for PFA in Dudley is on the young people and adults with SEND who would potentially be transitioning into Dudley Disability Service.

PFA timeline guide

Artwork by young people in the PFA programme

The images on this page have been created by young people that use the PFA programme.

Disability awareness poster drawn by a young person from the Preparation for Adulthood programme. It shows three figures, one in a wheelchair, one with a prosthetic leg and one with a prosthetic arm. The message is "Disabled for not we are all amazing" with the word "amazing" in rainbow coloured lettering

Areas of Focus

SEND vision for Dudley

Dudley is an inclusive borough where children, young people and adults with SEND thrive, are empowered to realise their aspirations and achieve their full potential through quality support and provision where everyone aims for excellence.

Making a positive contribution to their communities
  • To ensure communication is effective an in appropriate formats. Communication passports to be in place
  • To work in co-production and fully enable the voice of experience to shape/develop future provision and services for people with SEND
  • To be supported to have friends, relationships, participation and inclusion in local communities. Enabled to lead ordinary lives
  • To hear the voice of young people/adults, their parents/carers and challenge poor practices across education, health and social care
Priorities and maximise independence
  • Develop peer/budding and mentoring approaches, including lifestyle coaches
  • Person centred approach to support
  • To develop and create opportunities for young people/adults to live more independently within local communities
  • To have access to enablement that maximises skill and abilities. To promote and maximise independence, including access to travel and training
Healthy living
  • To ensure that young people/adults have access to mainstream health provision with reasonable adjustments in place to support this
  • To ensure that there are opportunities to develop self esteem and confidence. To build resilience to promote and maximise independence
  • To offer advice, information and guidance in appropriate and accessible formats, including via the Dudley website and the local offer
  • All individuals with complex health needs have a clear health action plan/passport
Enabled, empowered and being supported to take part in learning, training and employment opportunities
  • To develop the post 16 education offer. To increase the number of apprenticeships, internships and volunteering opportunities
  • To increase the choice and opportunities for young people/adults who wish to go on to further education
  • To increase access to employment and build disability confident employers

Disability awareness poster drawn by a young person in the Preparation for Adulthood programme. It is divided into 5 sections. Section 1 says “Disability awareness!” Section 2 is about blindness with an image of a red circle with a diagonal line through it with an eye superimposed on it. The message is “There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more.” Section 3 is about wheelchair use with a drawing of a stickman in a wheelchair. The message is “The wheelchair should not be a symbol of disability. A wheelchair is a vehicle to freedom.” Section 4 is about dyslexia, with a drawing of how a book appears to most people and a drawing of how a book appears to people with dyslexia. Section 5 says “Every person with a disability is an individual.”

Four pillars of PFA

  • Opportunities to access further education and employment
  • Independent living, including access to supported living
  • Full inclusion and active participation in local communities as an equal citizen and to be supported to build relationships and friendships
  • To maintain health and wellbeing with reasonable adjustments in place as appropriate to support the access to mainstream health provision and services

Disability awareness poster drawn by a young person in the Preparation for Adulthood programme. The message is “Share awareness” with “share” in red letters and “awareness” in green letters. The drawing is of two children in wheelchairs.

Why PFA?

We aim to show that, by intervening earlier and differently, outcomes for the young person can be improved. This will result in improved quality of life and life choices. PFA is for enhanced and sustainable health and wellbeing, independence, choice and control. Young people should be defined by their strengths and not by their diagnosis, condition or negative behaviour.
The journey that take us from childhood to adulthood is different for everyone. PFA focuses on what is important to the young person. It helps them to consider what support they may need to plan for their future. It is important that young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) are supported to have ambition, to think about a broad range of opportunities and to be as independent as possible.
Disability awareness poster drawn by a young person in the Preparation for Adulthood programme. In the top left corner is a red heart. The message is “We are all special! All different, all equal.” There is a drawing of four figures, two with visible disabilities and two without. Beneath the figures is the message “Notice me and my needs.”

PFA will

  • Support young people entering adulthood to be physically and mentally resilient so once they become an adult, they will have a connective, fulfilling and productive life
  • Build lifelong support networks
  • Increase the number of supportive and lasting relationships
  • Reduce the number of residential placements
  • Improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of our young people
  • Improve access to employment opportunities
  • Improve the support offer of re-accommodation

Disability awareness poster drawn by a young person in the Preparation for Adulthood programme. The drawing is of a person sat at a desk with the words “Bla, bla, bla, around their head. There are surrounded by messages: “ADHD isn’t visible”, “I want a future”, “Give me a chance”, “I need understanding, support, plans, love”

What is PFA?

Preparing for Adulthood is the umbrella term for joint working by Social Services, Health and Education to ensure that young people and young adults, aged 14-25, including those with additional needs, can achieve outcomes in:

Health

The aim is to ensure that young people are involved very early on in their PFA journey in discussions and decision making on their health needs and plansMake sure that the young people and families have clarity on health pathways, treatments, expected health outcomes, who is responsible for funding equipment, treatments, and assessments and how to access them.

Employment and education

The aim is to help young people enter employment and to gain greater choice, control, confidence, financial independence, stability, and role in the community. Increasing mental health and wellbeing and access to wider social networks. Make sure that the three years post 16 and one year post 19 education offer provides the young people with the access to full range of accredited and valued qualifications. Make the best use of the PFA pathways for young people with complex needs across all partners to enhance their life and lifestyle.

Independent living

The aim is to make sure that young people with SEND can access increased range of options for housing, greater choice with enhanced skills through an accommodation pathway. Engage with young people earlier to better understand the wishes of the individuals enabling a greater control over which environment they want to live in.

Community inclusion

The aim is to empower young people with SEND to have greater control over the relationships they want to maintain, develop, and progress. Greater opportunities to meet and engage with other children and young people in a wider variety of settings to which access will be enhanced, such as colleges, leisure centres, clubs, etc.

Who is PFA for?

The Dudley Disability Services PFA team will support young people who:

  • Are aged between 14-25 who have SEN and a physical disability, a learning disability and/or autism
  • Want support with one of our 4 PFA outcomes as mentioned above
  • Information on Carer's Assessments