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Transitions and Preparing for Adulthood

Transitions planning must be initiated in year 9 for children/young people with an EHC plan as a statutory requirement.  The transitions pathway will link to the EHC plan for those who have one, building on EHC Plan outcomes, with the focus on preparation for adulthood.  We recommend that the transitions pathway is used as a best practice tool, regardless of whether the child/young person has an EHC Plan or not.  However, only EHC Plan-related pathways will be subject to Local Authority scrutiny and review.

The pathway has been designed to move away from an educational focus, using a person-centred approach, to enable children and young people to have better life outcomes including good health and wellbeing, meaningful employment, independent living and housing, friends, relationships and community inclusion.

The EHC plan review at Year 9 and every review thereafter must include a focus on planning for the future, exploring the child/young person’s aspiration and what support is required to achieve their outcomes.  Young people with EHC Plans should be supported to ensure that the transition to Adult Health and Social Care Services are also coordinated and integrated.

For more information, visit Becoming an adult and preparing for the future


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