The preparing for adulthood review is about planning and preparing for adult life. The review must be centred on your aspirations and abilities. It will also take account of your parents/carers views.
You should be asked:
You are asked these questions so planning for the future is based on a shared knowledge between you, your family and professionals.
Before your review, it may help to think about the answers to the following questions:
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. The review is often called a ‘person-centred plan’. You could bring your person-centred plan to your preparing for adulthood review. This will help you tell people at the meeting what you want to happen in the future.
At your review it is important that the following things are talked about:
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.
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.
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:
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.