Guide to preparing for adulthood


Young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will be supported to prepare for adult life.

This is known as the 'Preparing for Adulthood Pathway'.

These pages have advice about what you should be doing, and the things you should be thinking about, from the ages 14 to 25.

What is included

At each stage, this guide covers the 4 'preparing for adulthood' themes:

  • Succeed in education training and employment
  • Live as independently as possible
  • Have good health
  • Be active in the community

It also explains what will happen with your Education Health and Care Plan at each stage, and has guidance for those who are leaving care.

Who this guide is for

This guide can be used by:

  • young people aged 14 to 25 who have SEND
  • their parents and carers, and
  • education, health, social care professionals

Downloadable guides

Guide to post-16 education (known as the 'post-16 pathway')