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

Transition is now often called preparing for adulthood

Transition takes place between the ages of 14 to 25 and to make this as smooth and as successful as possible; we recommend early planning. The information on this website has been developed to provide young people and their parents and carers with a variety of information to help them through this process.

For some young people this may affect the types of healthcare they have been used to or the kinds of social care and support which is familiar to them. 

What does Preparing for Adulthood mean for my young person?

The SEND Code of Practice is very clear that discussions about longer-term goals for young people should start early at Year 9 (age 13-14). 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

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.


Post 16 options and support

Preparing for Adulthood programme (PfA) is funded by the Department for Education as part of the delivery support for the SEN and Disability reforms, Preparing for Adulthood.

The Transition Information network (TIN) is an alliance of organisations and individuals who came together with a common aim: to im0prove the experience of disabled young people's transition to adulthood. TIN is a source of information and good practice standards for disabled young people, families and professionals, Transition Information Network.

Information for young people from SEND IAS: Young People - we can help you!  This includes information about disability at work and Disability Rights UK.

Last Updated: 9 June 2020