Young People

Children and young people

We can help you!

Please take a look at the Children and Young Peoples information advice and support service network website which we hope you find informative and entertaining! It contains lots of information about how our service can offer you support and guidance so that you can be involved and heard every step of the way!

The new SEND law

The government has made some changes to how children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and their families are supported. These changes are in Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

This document is the DFE easy read guide for children and Young people to the changes. If you are a child or a young person who has a learning disability, this guide will help you to understand them:

This Special educational needs and disability support video  on youtube also explains how the new law will affect you

The Care Act

There were lots of different laws on care and support. This made it difficult to know what care and support you could get.

The Care Act 2014 brings them together to make just one new law instead.

The Care Act is mainly about people who are 18 and over and need care and support. This document is an Easy read guide to the Care Act 2014:

Young Carers

There are different rights for young carers and young adult carers for them to get support depending on their age. In this Young carers easy read guide you can find out about what rights you have and how to get more support

Health

You have rights when making decisions and choices about your healthcare. This Get your rights website contains information on how to use the NHS and take control of the decisions that affect you. There are lots of videos of young people talking about their experiences.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) website This website has been created by young people with experience of accessing the CAMHS.

Making Decisions

This Mental Capacity Act easy read booklet gives information on a law called the Mental Capacity Act:

Problem Solving

This CEREBRA toolkit aims to support disabled people and carers, as well as their families and advisers, who are encountering difficulties with the statutory agencies in relation to the provision of health, social care and education support services. This toolkit aims to unpick these problems and to develop effective strategies for resolving them:

Transition to Adulthood

The Transition Information Network (TIN) is a group of organisations and individuals who come together with a common aim: to improve 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. Find out more here: 

You can find lots more information including videos and stories about other young people’s experiences of the journey into adulthood here on the Preparing for adulthood website

Higher Education

This is A guide for disabled people thinking about studying in higher education. It deals with common questions such as whether the college or university will be accessible, how to choose a course and what support will be available. It also covers the student finance system and has up-to date information on tuition fees, repayment methods and the support that will be in place.

Work

Supported internships can be a good way of having a study programme that helps you to get a job. What makes them different is that you do most of your learning at work and some in college. This means you can ‘learn on the job’.

Work Choice can give you support to get a job and keep it. It can help you if you are disabled and have had problems finding work. This Work Choice easy read guide explains

Access to Work is help you can get from the government to do your job. You can get this help if you are disabled or need support with your health condition. This Access to work easy read guide explains. Find out more about Access to Work 

Specialist Employability Support provides mentoring and training to help you into work if you’re disabled and can’t use other employment programmes. 

Into Apprenticeships is a new guide for disabled people, parents and key advisers about applying for apprenticeships in England. It deals with common questions such as how to find an apprenticeship, whether the training will be accessible and what support is available in the workplace. Find the guide here:

Money & Benefits

Make sure you are getting the support you're entitled to with our advice and information:

Mencap information and advice

Mencap Benefits and Money Advice 

Scope has an extensive website with lots of useful information:

Personal Budgets

As part of the EHC Plan some young people are able to receive a personal budget.

A personal budget is money which you get from the local authority to pay for things you need or may want. The money you get is to help you achieve your aspirations for the future.

This video was created to help explain what a personal budget is and how you can get one:

http://www.kids.org.uk/yp-personal-budgets

Ambitious About Autism

Are you aged 16 - 25 and on the spectrum? Growing up's hard enough to do. When you throw autism into the mix, it can complicate things. But don't worry. We're here to help. We are a group of 16-25 year olds with autism and we want to share what we've learned about dealing with the everyday challenges our autism can bring. Our website link is:

https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/understanding-autism/are-you-age-16-25-and-on-the-spectrum

Ambitious About Autism YouTube link:

https://www.youtube.com/user/ambitiousaboutautism

RNIB

Here you'll find information on a wide range of issues that are important to blind and partially sighted young people:

http://www.rnib.org.uk/young-people

All About Me!

You can use this booklet to quickly tell other people about yourself. You could give it to your support worker at home; your learning assistant or teacher at school; or nurses and doctors.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/an_ordinary_life_passport_new.pdf

This booklet and the accompanying set of pdf factsheets have been designed to help young people with Multi-Sensory Impairment (MRI) and their families achieve a smooth and successful transition.

https://www.sense.org.uk/content/getting-result-information-pack

My Future Choices is a free magazine for disabled young people, their families and people who support them. 

https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/transition-information-network/my-future-choices-magazine

Last Updated: 19 January 2017