Preparing for adulthood – how can we help

Preparing for adulthood team (PfA)

Our preparing for adulthood (PfA) team is part of adult social care and works in partnership with a range of local services and agencies including children’s services, education, health and housing services to provide information, advice and support to help disabled young people (aged 14-25) to develop and prepare for life as they become an adult. The service aims to:

  • support young people to make a contribution to the communities in which they live
  • enable young people to access universal and natural support
  • encourage young people to achieve their goals and ambitions
  • support young people in achieving a healthy lifestyle
  • treat young people as partners, with dignity and respect
  • enable and support young people to be safe but not restricted
  • help young people to develop networks in their local area

Our approach aims to challenge preconceptions around the abilities of young people with special educational needs and disabilities and recognise that every young person is an individual with unique skills, abilities and aspirations.

The preparing for adulthood (PfA) journey

A journey is designed around the individual needs, aims and ambitions of each young person with special educational needs and disabilities.

This aims to ensure the right level of care and support is arranged along with securing opportunities for learning and education, training, employment, social and leisure activities, and independent living.

This helps young people to choose the care they want, and say how they want to live and what they want to achieve.

Key elements of the journey are:

  • raising aspirations - every young person is encouraged to exceed their own and other people’s expectations of them
  • inclusion - young people are automatically 'included' rather than 'excluded' by improving awareness of what they can offer to their local community and prospective employers
  • transparency - young people, their parents and carers, and wider agencies take ownership of implementing the journey and work together to meet outcomes
  • communication - all agencies are involved in a young person's transition review process and relevant information is shared to improve outcomes whilst observing safeguarding protocols
  • early intervention – young people begin transition at age 14 with the support of relevant agencies to plan access to universal and specialist support, and provide information and advice so that young people and their families can fully engage in the process
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