Young people with SEND get welcome support and advice as they prepare for adulthood

Published Friday, 3 December 2021

Young people with special educational needs were welcomed to Bromley’s recent transition day to hear about options available to them as they prepare for adulthood.

The event, run by Bromley Council, covered topics such as education; employment and training; developing independence; community inclusion and good health and was open to all young people aged 14-25 with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and their families.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Children, Education and Families said: “Becoming an adult is an exciting and special time, but for some children and young people who have special educational needs and/or a disability, it can also be a time which needs more careful planning. This event recognised that vision and brought together local providers from across Bromley who represent services spanning the areas of education, health and social care.”

Young people and families taking part were welcomed to the informal gathering by professionals from the council’s SEND education teams, the children disability service and adult social care teams and colleagues from both Bromley Healthcare and Oxleas NHS LD community nursing team, alongside some 30 service providers, who were ready to offer their help, expertise and advice.

Presentations delivered by Bromley Council professionals provided essential information about successful transitioning into adulthood, advice on the annual review process as well as taking a closer look at education health and care plans. Benefits and money workshops were delivered by Bromley Mencap and a wills and trusts workshop from local Orpington solicitors. REMIX theatre arts offered taster sessions for young people, whilst young people from the Bromley Mencap’s Step Forward team provided some welcome refreshments.

The event took place at Bishops Justus Church of England School and helped deliver the Bromley vision for children and young people with SEND that ‘our children and young people have their needs met locally, as far as possible, growing up alongside their peers and are able to live, learn and work in their local community’.

This transition event to support young people with SEND is now expected to take place up to twice a year. The next event in 2022 will be publicised on the events section of the council’s website.

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Notes for editors:

The preparing for adulthood programme is underpinned nationwide by the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice 2015 and supported and championed by the Department of Education. It sets out the pathways and support for young people in transition to adulthood to reach positive outcomes in the areas of education, employment and training; developing independence; community inclusion and good health.