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



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 – National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)

Preparing for Adulthood - Person-centred Planning Tools

Preparing children with Special Educational Needs for Adulthood

Supported Internship – Access To Work



Paying for care at home

Supporting People within their own home and community


Mencap - Advice and Support

All educational settings from nursery to further education

An independent charity for people with learning disabilities



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



Family Guide to Preparing for Adulthood

Education health and care planning

Preparing for Adulthood is part of the Delivering Better Outcomes Together (DBOT) team which is a consortium of Mott Macdonald, NDTi and the Council for Disabled Children.

From Child to Adult: A guide to disability, transition and family finances – updated 2019.

Resources and links to information about transport and travel from Transition Information Network (TIN), a specialist network of the Council for Disabled Children set up to provide targeted information and resources about transition.



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.



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.

Autism Exchange is a work experience programme for autistic young people aged 16-25.

Supported Internship – Access To Work

Contact – Guide to Universal Credit

DWP Support For Schools Careers Guide 2021



Day to day living support

Supported living

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



Advice on relationships and community

Information on Hate/Mate Crime from Lewisham Speaking Up