Preparing for Adulthood in Darlington

Growing up and becoming an adult isn’t easy for anyone. It is a time of big change in your life. During this time you should be at the centre of any discussions about the future and preparing for adulthood. You will need to think of a number of things. These can include your education, staying healthy, finding a job, friendships, where you live, so that you can live as independently as possible and be part of your community. There are a number of people and organisations that can help you.

The Local Offer is intended to help you make informed choices about things that are important to you, such as:

  • Where to live;
  • Transport;
  • Social activities;
  • Options after school – continuing your education, apprenticeships, supported employed etc; and making the transition from services provided for children to those for adults.

Discussions about preparing for adulthood need to start when a young person is in year 9 (13 or 14 years old). It may continue beyond the age of 19, for some young people, if it is considered that they require a longer period in education or training in order to achieve their outcomes and make an effective transition. Transition support from other agencies may continue until the young person is 25.

As children get older and become young people and adults it is important that they are given opportunities to take more control over their lives. They will need support to do this from their family and the professionals working with them. This is particularly important for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

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