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PfA Key Messages

What does this mean for you?

Preparing for Adulthood

What is PfA?

The SEND Code of Practice (CoP) highlights the need for support to start early and that it should focus on the child or young person’s own aspirations, interests and needs. Preparing for Adulthood is about getting ready for:

  • Higher education and/or employment
    This includes exploring different employment options, such as support for becoming self-employed and help from supported employment agencies
  • Independent living
    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
  • Participating in society
    This includes having friends and supportive relationships, and participating in, and contributing to, the local community
  • Being as healthy as possible in adult life

 

SEND Reforms Explained

Looking Ahead - Moving on: What's your next step?

Also known as ‘Transition

Transition Team
Making Decisions?

Decision Making Toolkit

This Council for Disabled Children have produced a decision making toolkit  as a practical guide to support social workers, health professionals, school,college staff, parents/carers, families and anyone working directly with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

It is designed to be used in partnership with young people to support them to make their own decisions and to participate as fully as possible in decisions made on their behalf.

A template is included for use with those young person that lack capacity to help professionals to go through a best interests decision making process based on the best interests checklist in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 code of practice.

Preparing for Adulthood Outcomes
PfA Outcomes Tool – useful tool to ensure a personalised approach in developing EHC Plan outcomes across different ages and stages of development

Employment & Education

Education Information & Independent Special Post-16 Provision (Known as Section 41 List)

Transport Policy for 16-25 year olds Education

High Needs Assessment Framework 2015-16 guidance about assessment and ‘top up’ funding

Section 41 List – Independent Special Post-16 Provision (Known as Section 41 List)

Out of Borough Specialist Provision 

Seashell Trust – Royal College Manchester is a specialist further education college for young people aged 19-25 who have:

  • severe/profound learning difficulties/disabilities and profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Autism spectrum conditions
  • deafblindness/multi-sensory impairment, hearing or visual impairment with additional needs
  • complex physical disabilities
  • cortical visual impairment
  • auditory processing disorder
  • additional medical needs including progressive and degenerative conditions

David Lewis College provide a wide range of educational programmes for young people and adults with needs ranging from:

  • moderate to complex learning difficulties including communication
  • autism
  • epilepsy
  • other neurological conditions with associated behaviours

Petty Pool College offers a wide range of Entry Level courses to students from across Cheshire and Halton

Greenbank College, Liverpool  – young people follow a personalised learning programme to support development and help to achieve goals for work and life. The study programme will consist of a vocational study area, English & Maths, Employability & Work Experience and Enrichment

Disabled Students' Allowance

Gov.uk – (DSA) Disabled Students’ Allowance

If you are a higher education student, you can apply for a DSA if you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia

Career Resources and Information

Halton’s Mersey Interactive

One place for all the publicly available links to career information and resources includes Barclays Lifeskills, Apprenticeship Vacancies, subject related career information and is being further developed to include local labour market information and local employer profiles.

u-explore

Discounted rate to Halton schools, colleges and education providers via 14-19Team@halton.gov.uk

Free for young people aged 16 to 18 who are not in education, training or employment – contact a local Career Connect Connexions Adviser or email 14-19Team@halton.gov.uk for the access registration code to view resources e.g. job profiles, employer video tours, interviews with employers and lots more to help you decide on your career

Lifekit (Halton Housing Trust Toolkit)

LifeKit is your online toolkit to managing your finances, home, job prospects and more

Independent, professional and high quality careers and skills advice, available from age 13+ online or over the telephone.  Adults have additional access to community-based face-to-face advice.

Post 16 Directory

This directory is to support professionals working with young people to move on to Education, Employment or Training

Information, Advice & Guidance

Adult Learning & Careers Advice

Can provide help to bridge the gap between school and college, or if you want to learn a new skill then there are a range of adult learning programmes available, prospectus and course information. If you are interested in any of the courses contact us

My Plus Students’ Club

Believe that having a disability or long term health condition challenges you to develop unique strengths and talents, which are valuable to employers.

  • Careers Advice section offers advice and help
  • Recruitment section for information about completing applications forms, online tests, and the various stages in the recruitment
  • Disability section provides advice on how to manage your disability during the recruitment process including information on how to inform an employer of what you require and referring to your disability during an interview
  • University section will enable you to make the most of your time at university and take advantage of all of the opportunities available to you

Gov.uk – Finding a job

Provides lots of information to help find a job e.g. Access To Work, Becoming an Apprentice, Help with moving from Benefits to Work

Gov.uk – Guidance to help and support for young disabled people to find and stay in work

The guidance provides links to websites that help young disabled people find and stay in work. It is aimed at young disabled people, their parents and the professionals who work with them

Gov.uk – Looking for work if you’re disabled

Provides advice around looking for a job and applying for a job

Gov.uk – Moving from Benefits to Work

Provides help for parents/carers, advice on work experience/volunteering, starting your own business and support available when you start working, including the Benefits Calculator

Community Bridge Buildings Team

How can the team help?

Halton Community Bridge Building Team work with people with disabilities, learning disability, physical disability, mental health issues, older people, carers and young people in transition to adulthood to access the community, reduce their social isolation and improve their well being

The team can help with much more, their Information Leaflet gives details also see their Employment Support Leaflet

 

 

Meet the Community Bridge Building Team

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 Leisure and Social Activities

Do you want to learn about leisure and social activities within your community? Or you can share information and services that you offer. See the teams’ Facebook page

 

People’s Experiences (Case Studies)

Work Clubs/Work Experience

What’s available? 

Traineeships

What are Traineeships? 

What is a Traineeship?

Local Traineeships 

People’s Experiences (Case Studies) 

To be added shortly

Guidance 

Traineeships Guidance – education and training programme with work experience

Apprenticeships

What are Apprenticeships? 

What is an Apprenticeship?

Local Apprenticeships 

Guidance 

Apprenticeships Guidance – earn while you learn, receive training, paid holidays and gain a qualification.

Apprenticeship Opportunities and Vacancies

HPS Your Future see the Halton Participation Strategy Facebook page for opportunities and vacancies

Young People that are not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) or those at risk of NEET

Halton Borough Council’s Young People’s Case Workers

The Council tracks the education and employment activities of young people of academic ages 16 to 18, reporting this every month to the Department for Education

Young People’s Case Workers will support the move (transition) into education or training of young people who are Not Engaged in Education or Training (NEET).  The team review and assess information on young people and liaise with partners to make appropriate referrals into provision and services.  Case Workers follow up referrals to review whether they have been appropriate and to involve additional agencies where necessary

If you are working with a young person who is NEET aged 16 to 18 or  for those young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 19 to 24 – please contact the team to ensure appropriate provision and support is in place

Meet the Team

Jane Morris Jane.Morris1@halton.gov.uk 0151-511 6125
Carol O’Connell Carol.O’Connell@halton.gov.uk 0151-511 6069
Jean Ward Jean.Ward@halton.gov.uk 0151-511 8791
Vikki Clarke Vikki.Clarke@halton.gov.uk 0151-511 7872

 

Examples of programmes/support available:

  • Career Connect support young people to make informed career choices and provide impartial advice on relevant Education, Training or Employment support
  • Youthfed Working Futures Programme will help young people to increase confidence/self-esteem, achieve qualifications, develop employability skills, improve their English and Maths, undertake work related activities and progress to learning or work.

 

People’s Experiences (Case Studies)

Independent Living

Dealing with Money Issues
CAB Advice - Benefits for those who are sick or disabled
Citizens Advice Bureau – they also provide one-to-one support/advice for people with a Learning Disability, Physical or Sensory Disability
Opening a Bank Account & Dealing with Money
Easy Read Guides about opening up bank accounts and dealing with money
How to get a TV Licence
Easy Read Guides about getting a TV Licence
How to use a mobile phone
Easy Read Guides about how to use a mobile phone
Housing Information

Housing and Adaptations

In this section you’ll find information on:

  • Minor Adaptations
  • Major Adaptations
  • Re-housing and Accessible Housing
  • Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) and Halton Home Improvement Agency
  • Dropped Kerbs and Vehicle Cross-overs
  • Disabled Parking Bays
  • Driveways

Housing Associations

For more information about renting social housing please see the property plus website.


Lifekit (Halton Housing Trust Toolkit) – You and Your Home


Housing Advice (homelessness) Are you  worried about losing your home? email HBC housing solutions. Independent advice can be found at Shelter

Community Bridge Building Team

How can the team help?

Halton Community Bridge Building Team work with people with disabilities, learning disability, physical disability, mental health issues, older people, carers and young people in transition to adulthood to access the community, reduce their social isolation and improve their well being

The team can help with much more, their Information Leaflet gives details also see their Employment Support Leaflet

 

Meet the Community Bridge Building Team

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 Leisure and Social Activities

Do you want to learn about leisure and social activities within your community? Or you can share information and services that you offer. See the teams’ Facebook page

 

People’s Experiences (Case Studies)

Transport Information

Our Local Offer Transport section has lots of information to help you get around

Community Inclusion

Community Bridge Building Team

How can the team help?

Halton Community Bridge Building Team work with people with disabilities, learning disability, physical disability, mental health issues, older people, carers and young people in transition to adulthood to access the community, reduce their social isolation and improve their well being

The team can help with much more, their Information Leaflet gives details also see their Employment Support Leaflet

 

Meet the Community Bridge Building Team

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 Leisure and Social Activities

Do you want to learn about leisure and social activities within your community? Or you can share information and services that you offer. See the teams’ Facebook page

 

People’s Experiences (Case Studies)

Volunteering & Getting Involved

Volunteer Centre Halton – Dedicated local centre for help finding local opportunities


Halton Bright Sparks Kite Mark project – help review venues in Halton for other young people

Halton Young Addaction are looking for motivated, enthusiastic and caring people over the age of 14 who are willing to spare some of their time to become volunteers and young leaders

  • Take a look at their Volunteer App.
  • Volunteer intakes are throughout the year – if you want to apply or need more information contact: 01928 240406
  • Lots of opportunities for young people to get involved in their local community, training, development opportunities and more
  • Information Brochure 15.12.16

 

Inspire – Wellbeing Enterprises supports young people who are experiencing difficulties or going through a tough time. Inspire gets young people involved in things that interest and inspire them.

Mind Halton – interested in volunteering to support mental health – contact Mind Halton for more information

National Citizenship Service is aimed at 16/17 year olds and up to 24 if they have specific needs. The programme helps engage young people during school half terms and summer holidays

Safe in Town Scheme
Safe in Town works with vulnerable people from the age of 14 upwards to stay safe. People can sign up if they have a learning disability, physical disability, Alzheimer’s, dementia or if they are over age 60
Halton Children Centres, Local Community Centres, Libraries, Parks & Leisure

Halton Children Centres provides lots of groups and activities to get involved in, see their Contact Details including Facebook


Community Centres

Provide a wide range of activities and groups that you might wish to get involved in


Local Libraries, Parks & Leisure

For details of groups, activities, ways to keep active and leisure opportunities

Transport Information

Our Local Offer Transport section has lots of information to help you get around

Leisure Information

Our Local Offer Leisure section has lots of information to help you get involved

Health

Halton IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)

Halton IAPT Team can help you manage and recover from mild to moderate anxiety and depression, understand and change currently unhelpful actions and patterns of thinking and avoid long-term mental health problems

We provide psychological treatments, sometimes called talking treatments, to help people who are stressed, be that feeling low in mood (depressed) or very nervous (anxiety)

  • Online Referral – Halton IAPT is a non-urgent service – if you feel you are in urgent crisis or are worried that you might seriously harm yourself in the near future, please contact your GP or refer yourself to the Mental Health Assessment Team
  • Contact Details: Tel – 0151 292 6954
Emergency Crisis Situations, Halton Assessment/Home Treatment & Recovery Teams

Emergency Crisis Situations 

Medical emergencies (e.g. self-harm or suicide attempt) call 999 or go to a hospital Accident & Emergency

For non-medical emergencies, contact Halton Assessment/Home Treatment Team first to see if we can deal with the emergency


Halton Assessment/Home Treatment Team – Manager is Matthew Oultram

  • Assessment Team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and see all new referrals for people not already being supported by mental health services based in a hospital or clinic rather than in the community.
    • The team completes a telephone triage and, if appropriate, face to face assessments to signpost to the appropriate service
    • We aim to assess, plan and care for the person within 12 weeks, if we offer intervention in our service (such as Medic input, brief interventions, extended assessments, etc. this can go up to 16 weeks)
    • We cover all of Halton for emergencies from 8pm to 8am
    • Referrals for Assessment Team will be accepted primarily from GPs, however if the service user was in a crisis/emergency then self-referrals can be made, we will also accept referrals from any professional but again we would primarily ask that they start at the beginning of the treatment pathway with their GP first
    • Contact Details: Assessment Team – 0151 422 6804
  • Home Treatment Service is available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week
    • The team is considered an alternative to hospital admission and will only take cases requiring intensive support, have significantly high risks and need a lot of care to ensure they remain out of hospital (i.e. potentially visiting 1-4 times every day).
    • From 8pm emergency cases will be dealt with by the Assessment Team night practitioner as mentioned above
    • Referrals can only come from a hospital or clinic mental health services (this includes Assessment Team), they will not take referrals from GP’s or self-referrals (unless under a hospital or clinic mental health service and it is out of hours)
    • Contact Details: Home Treatment Team – 01928 753981

Halton Recovery Team – Managed by Martyn Veevers

  • The Recovery Team is available from 9am to 5pm, Monday-Friday
    • The team will take cases needing care co-ordination and longer-term support, those with a diagnosis of a severe and enduring mental illness (i.e. Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar, Severe/Recurrent Depression, etc.)
    • We hold a caseload of people under shared-care service for people who are prescribed certain medications that the GP cannot prescribe alone and therefore require a Psychiatrist review every 6-12 months but do not require any other support from mental health services
    • We will also take referrals for people who require more intensive psychological therapy, (classed as Step 4 therapy), these people usually have complex symptoms and higher risks
    • People who have less complex symptoms and considered as high risk that require psychological therapy will go to Halton IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) for Step 2 and Step 3 therapy e.g. depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Referrals can only be made by other a hospital or clinic mental health service – GPs, professionals or Self-referrals need to go through the Assessment Team first
    • Contact Details: Recovery Team – 01928 753968
Questions to ask when going to the doctor or hospital

Easy Read Guide about the questions to ask

Services for Adults and Young People

Adult Community Matron for Learning Disability for people with complex physical health problems

Adult Continence Promotion Service available to all people over the age of 19 years with a bladder or bowel issue

Occupational Therapy for Assistive Technology for information about equipment to support independent living for people with disabilities, their carers, professionals and other organisations

Foot Care service to assess, diagnose and treat lower leg needs for people with a clinical or medical need

Primary Care Psychological Therapies Service available to people 16 years and above

Stop Smoking Service offers free advice and support to help you stop smoking

Using the Internet Safely, Staying Safe, Sexual Exploitation
Health Information

Our Local Offer Health section has lots more information for you