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17-11-2023 Preparing for adulthood

If your child has an EHCP and is now in year 9 or above, it is important to start thinking about what will happen when they get to the age of 16 and become legally responsible for making their own decisions, and perhaps start to think about their future in terms of getting a job or living more independently. We know that this can be a worrying time for parents and carers, and it is important to start thinking about the transition as early as possible so that you will be well-informed and ready to support your young person through the changes.

The Local Authority's Preparing for Adulthood booklet is a key document to help you understand the process and support. You can see this booklet on the Local Offer here and there is an easy-read version here and additional information about the process here

We recommend that you should attend as many of the Preparing for Adulthood online events as you can. It is worth starting as soon as possible and you may wish to repeat some of the sessions over the next few years.

Preparing for Adulthood events

Full details of the Preparing for Adulthood sessions are available here.

The next sessions are:

Support Planning Thursday 30th November 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at the Integrated Learning Disability Service,  Carnegie Building, 258a Hertford Road, Enfield, EN3 5BN

Personal Budgets Friday 12th January 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at the Integrated Learning Disability Service (as above). 

If you are unable to attend a session, the presentations will be added to the Local Offer Preparing for Adulthood page here shortly after each session. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see links to each presentation. 

Drop in sessions

On the first Friday of every month, parents and carers of young people aged 16 and over can join the monthly drop-in sessions 10 am - 12 pm at the Integrated Learning Disability Service in Hertford Road, where you can talk to a member of the ILDS team, and Jane Richards from Families in Transition to Adulthood. More information on the flyer here. The next session will be Friday 3rd November. If you would like to attend please book an appointment by noon on Thursday.

You are welcome to bring your young person along with you. 

Contact workshops on Preparing for Adulthood

Contact, the Charity for Families of Disabled Children, are offering a series of FREE online sessions to help parent carers with their disabled child’s transition to adulthood over the next few months.

The sessions are ideal for parent carers of disabled young people aged between 16-25 in England. Packed with information and advice on adult services and the main challenges families face during the transition period.

The next sessions are:

o   Adult Health and Social Care – Friday 10th November 10 am – 11.30 am

o   Community Inclusion and Independent Living – Wednesday 6th December 7 – 8.30 pm

Find out more and book your free place on all or just some of these sessions