What do we mean by preparing for adulthood?

Preparing for adulthood is a series of stages that all young people go through when they move on from being a teenager to becoming an adult. It can be an exciting time of new opportunities, choices and increased independence. But it can also be a difficult and uncertain time for some young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who may need more careful help and planning through each stage. We often call this “transition planning”

In Bromley, we want all young people with SEND to reach their potential by achieving the best possible outcomes in adult life. This is why it is especially important that young people and families are fully involved when making plans and decisions for this next stage in life.

This section of our Local Offer has information and advice about four key areas, which young people with SEND have said are important.

Education, employment and training

 - exploring different employment options; including clear, evidence-based employment pathways with opportunities for volunteering, supported internships, traineeships and apprenticeships and good careers advice and guidance to help young people with their decision-making. Visit education, employment and training section.

Independent living

- enabling young people to have choice and control over their lives and the support they receive, their accommodation and living arrangements, including supported living.

Find out more about independent living options

Friends, relationships and my community

- including having friends and supportive relationships and participating in, and contributing to, the local community.  Find out more in the friends and community section.

Staying healthy

- enabling young people to manage their own health and wellbeing as they move into adult life, including accessing the right support in order to do so. Visit the staying healthy page.