Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) Guide and Vision


This simply means planning the move from being a child to being an adult and preparing to live a happy and healthy adult life as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice

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Halton's Vision

Halton’s vision for improving outcomes for young people as they prepare for adult life

NDTI Post 19 Programme Good Ideas to Share

Halton’s involvement is on page 12 under the theme of Young People’s Voice

PfA Outcomes Toolkit

Produced by the Department for Education (DfE) to help consider the four PfA outcomes during the EHC Planning process across all age ranges 0-25 years

Case Studies

Highlight how young people are making the change into becoming an adult, case studies section available on the Halton Local Offer

Decision Making Toolkit

This Toolkit can 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

Halton's Vision

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.

To develop our Halton Vision we:

  • carried out a review of 82 Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans
  • held workshops with young people, parents/carers and professionals to understand and learn from current practice and how this was reflected in the EHC Plans
  • held a multi-agency workshop with 80+ participants to draw together the Vision or all young people in Halton
  • produced an Action Plan and report progress on this to the SEND Strategic Partnership

Good Quality Conversations Workshops

Decision Making Toolkit

The Decision Making Toolkit produced by the Council For Disabled Children is a practical guide to support:

  • social workers
  • health practitioners
  • school and college staff
  • parent 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
  • participate as fully as possible in decisions made on their behalf

It includes a template which practitioners can use to support a young person who lacks the capacity to go through a best interests decision making process. This is based on the best interests checklist in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 code of practice.

The four PfA Pathways

PFA Education and Employment

PFA Community Inclusion

PFA Independent Living

PFA Health