Preparing for adulthood review

The Preparing for Adulthood Review is all about planning things that will help you in preparing for adult life.

The review must be centred on your aspirations and abilities but also take account of the views of your parents/carers.

You should be asked:

  • Whether you have any ideas about what you want to do when you leave school
  • What you are interested in and enjoy doing
  • About your dreams and fears so that planning for the future can be based on a shared knowledge between you, your family and professionals

How to prepare for the review

Before your review it may help to try to think about the answers to the following questions:

  • What help do you need to access your community?
  • What help do you need to maintain your friendships and make new friends?
  • What will happen to your benefits?
  • What are your housing choices?
  • What are your employment choices?
  • What sport and leisure activities are available to you?
  • Who are the professionals that will be working with you?
  • Which professional will help you to achieve each goal?
  • What support can your parents/carers expect?
  • Do your have all the equipment you need both inside and outside of your home?
  • What are the best choices and options for you in the next phase of your education?
  • Do you want to stay on at your school sixth form?
  • Do you like the idea of going to college?
  • Would you like to attend a day service?
  • Will you need transport?
  • What are your healthcare needs?
  • What therapy services are available to you?
  • Does everybody understand your goals and aspirations?
  • Does everybody understand their role and how they will help you?
  • Does everyone know enough about you and your care needs?
  • What new skills will I need to learn?

Person-centred plans

To make sure your review focuses on your aspirations, goals and needs, you should be at the centre of it.

This is called person-centred planning and the review is often called a ‘Person-centred Plan’.

You could bring your Person-centred Plan to your Preparing for Adulthood Review to tell people at the meeting what you want to happen in the future.

What will be talked about at the review

At your review it is important that the following things are talked about:

  • Planning of support for your SEN, health needs and social care needs so you meet your goals around employment, independent living and housing, friends and community participation and health and wellbeing.
  • The best post-16 provision to help you achieve your career aspirations and achieve your goals. This may include inviting representatives from post-16 institutions to review meetings.
  • Planning of transition to adult social and health services where necessary.
  • Detail how the plan will be achieved and identifying the new skills the young person will need to learn in order to achieve their goals.
    • Does everybody understand your goals and aspirations?
    • Does everybody understand their role and how they will help you?
    • Does everyone know enough about you and your care needs?

Do I have to attend my Preparing for Adulthood Review?

You have the right to attend your Preparing for Adulthood (transition review) meeting to communicate your views and you will be encouraged and supported to do so.

You may choose to attend all or part of the meeting and your wishes will be respected.

You may change your mind about what you want to do and everyone has the right to do that.

Will my parents/carers be there?

It is very important for parents/carers to be at this review because it is the first formal step in planning a young person’s adult life. Some parents/carers may find it difficult to express their views and so may need the help of an advocate.

An advocate is a person who supports a young person or a parent/carer to explain and say what they want and help to ensure that their views are heard. They can put across your views and feelings about decisions that are being made about your life and give information about your rights and any worries you have as well as help you make choices about what is best for you.

Parents/carers are not expected to make definite decisions at this meeting and may change their minds as things at home change.

Parents can also ask social services to have their needs assessed as a carer (we have included carer information in this Guide).

It is important to include anyone at this review who could play an active part in your future. It may be someone you work with, a friend or someone from your community who may have something to offer - such as an employment opportunity.

Which professionals could be at the review?

You may be attending a special school (sometimes called a complex needs school) or you may be in a mainstream school.

Your level of support you receive will depend on your needs, but you will still have access to support from professionals.

Apart from your teachers, the following professionals may be involved in your Preparing for Adulthood Review:

  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
  • Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan Coordinator
  • Guidance Adviser (GAs)
  • Specialist Health Professional
  • Social Worker
  • Children with Disabilities Transition Worker
  • Adult Learning Disabilities Transition Link Worker
  • Independent Support Service (SEN), Norfolk
  • Virtual School Sensory Support
  • Virtual School for Looked After Children (LAC)
  • Adult Services Sensory Support Unit
  • Services for people who are Deafblind
  • Services for people with a visual impairment
  • Services for deaf people using British Sign Language

What happens after the meeting?

If you have an EHC Plan your EHC Coordinator must make sure that your transition planning goals, aspirations and outcomes, and who is going to help you, is all written into your EHC Plan.

Future reviews of the plan should then happen each year as part of the education review.