Lewisham’s vision is to enable young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to live, learn and work within their local community, achieve sustained progression, resulting in better life outcomes. This will be achieved by supporting parents and young people in planning more effectively for the future, from an earlier age.

The Children and Families Act 2014 enable joint working with parents, young people across education, social care and health to meet the assessed needs of young people in a person centred way. Through the Education, Health and Care Plan, destination led pathways will be developed, ensuring provision and support leads to sustained outcomes. The aim of the Children and Families Act is to raise aspirations and encourage families to think about what the future may look like from the earlier stage.

The new Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0-25 years (which supports the new law) says preparing for adulthood means preparing for:

  • further education, training and/or employment
  • independent lives
  • participating in society: friendships and contributing to the local community
  • health and well-being

PREPARING FOR ADULTHOOD

 

Children and Families Act 2014

The principles behind the new law (provided by Council of Disabled Children)

Children and Families Act 2014 – Summary of main points (provided by Bromley Voice)

Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) - Outcomes across the age ranges for children and young people with SEND

Preparing for Adulthood – National Development Team for Improvement

Preparing children with Special Educational Needs for Adulthood

SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE

 

Paying for care at home

Supporting People within their own home and community

Lewisham Disability Coalition

Mencap

Mencap - Advice and Support

All educational settings from nursery to further education

PREPARING FOR ADULTHOOD AND SOCIAL CARE TEAMS

 

Getting adult social care

Moving from children’s services to adult services

Paying for care and other financial advice

Find a care agency or personal assistant

TRANSITION

 

Family Guide to Preparing for Adulthood

Preparing for Adulthood and Transition Service

Education health and care planning

Preparing for Adulthood is part of the Delivering Better Outcomes Together (DBOT) team.

COLLEGES AND FURTHER EDUCATION

 

Education, Health & Care Planning

Livability Nash College is an independent specialist further education college for disabled people aged 19-25.

Lewisham Southwark College is a college of further education, based at three sites in Lewisham, Deptford, and Southwark.

London South East Colleges provides education and training for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Shooter Hill Sixth Form College provide a safe, challenging and great environment for young people.

Universities and colleges are increasingly aware of the needs of students with a disability and students with a learning difficulty.

Riverston is a happy, successful school for boys and girls aged 1 – 19 years.

EMPLOYMENT

 

Preparing for Adulthood - Employment

Supported internships are a structured study programme based primarily at an employer.

Help with employment

Mencap - Employment Programmes

Three Cs stands for 'Control and Choice in the Community' for people with learning disabilities and/or mental health challenges.

INDEPENDENT LIVING

 

Day to day living support

Supported living

Promoting equality for disabled people and providing services to support independent living.

Mencap are a passionate group of people committed to changing the world for everyone with a learning disability.

Young people are supported to manage their own health as they move into adulthood.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND ACTIVITIES

 

Advice on friends - Relationships and community

Young people and family participation