For families of children and young people with SEN and disabilities helpline 01273 772289

transition planning

Transition planning helps to support young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families through the process of planning for adulthood. All young people with SEND should get support from school in preparing for adulthood but there should be an extra focus on this if they have an EHC plan or a Statement of SEN read more

further and higher education

Further education is education for young people between the ages of 16 and 19. It includes school sixth forms, sixth form colleges and FE colleges. Higher education is provided by universities and similar institutions that offer degrees and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs). read more

benefits changes at 16 and over

Most parent carers are used to claiming benefits like DLA to help meet some of the additional costs of caring for their disabled children. But as your child reaches 16, and when circumstances change – for example your child leaves education or begins to claim their own benefits – there can be a knock-on effect on your whole family's income. read more

social lives and relationships

For teenagers with special needs, making friends and having relationships can be trickier than for other teenagers. read more

social care for adults

Once your child is 18, any social care services they need are provided by the council’s Adult Social Care Team. read more

adult health services

If your child has health issues, you’ll need to think about the switch from children’s to adult health services as part of their transition plan and ensure they get the support they need. read more

employment and volunteering

Most young people with special needs will need some extra support to be ready for and to find employment. read more


Many young disabled people will reach an age where they want to live more independently. Wherever they choose to live as an adult, it's important to start planning early for this important decision. read more

travel and getting about

For many young people, getting about on their own is an exciting part of becoming more grown up, but for some this will always be difficult without support. read more

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