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Preparing for adulthood

Preparing for adulthood is a process that all young people go through when they move on from being a teenager and become an adult.

It is an exciting time but it has been recognised that this can be a difficult time for some young people, especially those with special educational needs and disabilities. It can sometimes take longer and take much more careful preparation than for other young people of a similar age. North Yorkshire has a multi-agency protocol and range of information available to help support this process.

North Yorkshire County Council and other key agencies across health and education have revised the transition policy following the introduction of several new pieces of legislation and the development of new ways of working. We are in the process of signing the protocol off across all the agencies involved, but for now you can download the final draft.

We have also developed a new set of information leaflets to help guide young people and their families through the preparing for adulthood process.

Easy read information leaflets

Following consultation with families and young people about what would help as they prepare for adulthood, we have appointed support planners across the county. They will contact young people who have an education, health and care plan who are also known to disabled children and young people's services to see what support could be offered specifically as a young person is preparing for adulthood. The support could be different for each young person or family. It might be a short piece of work to help someone get ready for the first review where there will be a focus on Preparing for adulthood, or a longer term piece of work to help a young person and their family think about all the different things they might want to consider as that young person moves towards adulthood.

Preparing for adulthood newsletters

Each term we will produce a newsletter to highlight local and national news about preparing for adulthood. We will share success stories of young people who are achieving their goals.