Preparing for Adulthood

Preparing for adulthood means preparing for:

  • further education and/or employment
  • independent living
  • being involved in the local community
  • being as healthy as possible

If your child has an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), the Year 9 annual review of their plan, and every review after that, must include a focus on preparing for adulthood.

Further education and/or employment

  • Contact has information on post 16 options for people with SEND, including:
    • staying at school
    • colleges and specialist colleges
    • apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships
    • the support available
    • EHCPs after 16
  • see the Pathways to Employments part of this section
  • see Education section of the Essex Local Offer
  • see GOV.UK information on finding a job

Independent living


  • this Preparing for Adulthood section has information on Shared Lives, residential housing and supported living.


  • United Response has easy read money guides for people with learning disabilities.
  • Dosh supports people with learning disability to manage money
  • the Money Matters section on the Essex Local Offer has information on benefits, direct payments and health costs.


Being involved in the local community 

Being as healthy as possible

  • see the Health section on the Essex Local Offer for information and services on keeping good health.