Preparing for adulthood


Transition is an exciting time when a young person moves from childhood into the world of adulthood.

Transition is now often called preparing for adulthood and takes place between the ages of 14 to 25.  To make this as smooth and as successful as possible, we recommend early planning. Have a look at our transitioning resources for ideas of how your family and friends can support you through this time.  

When to start preparing

The SEND Code of Practice is very clear that discussions about longer-term goals for young people should start early at Year 9 (age 13 to 14). These discussions should focus on the Post 16 outcomes and future goals they want to achieve taking into account their strengths and capabilities. These will be talked through at every annual review from year 9 onwards, should be person-centred and include preparation for:

  • continuing education, training or employment
  • independent living
  • being part of the community
  • having good physical and emotional health

More information

For more information you can visit the website of the Preparing for Adulthood programme (PfA) which is funded by the Department for Education as part of the delivery support for the special educational needs and disability reforms.

The Transition Information Network (TIN) is also a good source of information - it is an alliance of organisations and individuals who came together with a common aim to improve the experience of disabled young people's transition to adulthood. 


SEND Team contact information

Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ


SENDIAS contact information

Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ