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What do we mean by “Preparing for Adulthood” (PfA)
This simply means planning the move from being a child to being an adult and preparing to live a happy and healthy adult life. Preparing for adulthood outcomes as identified in the SEND Code of Practice are:
Education & Employment
This includes exploring different employment options, such as support for becoming self-employed and help from supported employment agencies
This includes being as healthy as possible in adult life
This includes having friends and supportive relationships and getting involved in the local community
This means young people having choice, control and freedom over their lives and the support they have, their accommodation and living arrangements, including supported living
Halton’s Vision for improving outcomes for young people as they prepare for adult life
What did we want to achieve?
- Have a shared vision across education, health and care of what good outcomes in preparing for adulthood are and how these are captured appropriately in Education, Health and Care Plans.
- Have a knowledgeable and trained workforce to ensure that person centred practice is at the centre of everything we do ensuring that young people are listened to; their aspirations are sought and shape their outcomes and; that they take control and make their own decisions about their pathway to adulthood.
- Have good quality aspirations, outcomes and destinations captured in Education Health and Care Plans early to help us plan and develop appropriate pathways to adult life and for everybody to clearly understand when outcomes have been achieved and therefore when an Education Health and Care Plan would cease.
What did we do?
We carried out a review of 82 Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP’s) and held workshops with young people, parents/carers and professionals to understand and learn from current practice and how this was reflected in the EHCP’s . We then held a multi-agency workshop attended by over 80 participants and developed our vision for all young people in Halton. Participants in the workshops gave us valuable insight into what we need to do to achieve our vision. This has been captured in the Action Plan below.
Next Steps and Action Plan
The actions will be progressed by the leads identified in the plan with Paula Edwards as the lead officer for Preparing for Adulthood ensuring that this work continues to develop and have an impact.
Regular reports will be provided to the SEND Strategic Group and updates will be shared on this section of Halton’s Local Offer.