Preparing for adulthood

Employment, finances and housing. Part of the SEND local offer.

Preparing for adulthood

Employment, finances and housing. Part of the SEND local offer.

Becoming an adult affects the lives of young people and their parents, this change can be a difficult and worrying time for many people.

If you want to understand the changes, identify your options and explore opportunities, the following information should help.

Post 16 learning options

Where to get help finding a course and choosing a place to study after school if you have special educational needs or a disability.

Finding a job

Support to help you gain skills and qualifications, find a job and while you work.

Supported internships

Find out if you are eligible and who to contact for more information.


If you have a disability and want to leave home, there are options that could provide you with extra support if you need it.


If you have special educational needs or a disability, you could get money to help you with extra costs.

Adult social care

Information about adult social care and support as you transition from children's social care.

Making decisions and getting your views heard

Advocacy and participation groups for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.


A guide to complaints for young people aged 16-25 and who have a special educational need or a disability.

Help for carers

Advice about claiming benefits, making decisions and support when someone you care for is approaching adulthood.

Project SEARCH

A supported internship programme for 16 to 24 year olds with learning disabilities and autism who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Other services


Visit the youth zone for further information and advice for young people.

Information for professionals

Forms and guidance for EHC plans and templates for your establishment's SEND local offer.

Your feedback

If you have comments or feedback you want to give us on the SEND local offer then please get in touch.