Local authorities must ensure that a young person’s Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan review at school year 9, and every review thereafter, has a focus on preparing for adulthood. It can be helpful for EHC plan reviews before year 9 to have this focus too.
Planning must be centred around the young person and explore their aspirations and abilities, what they want to be able to do when they leave post-16 education or training and the support they need to achieve their ambitions.
Outcomes which may be considered include:
- Employment (career or jobs)
- Supported employment (help from services to get into and stay in employment)
- Independent living (skills for day to day living e.g. shopping, cooking, cleaning and ironing clothes, managing money, etc.)
- Travel (getting around e.g. using public transport)
- Community participation (being actively involved with activities and social opportunities in the local area)
- Good health and wellbeing (looking after yourself).
There are a range of provisions which could be included to support such outcomes. For example:
- Work experience
- Independent travel training
- Healthy eating courses
- Social skills groups
- Support with learning how to budget.
Local authorities should ensure that young people have the support they need to participate fully in this planning and to make decisions. If it is deemed that support is needed to make sure that the young person can participate fully then the local authority should offer support, which could be given by an advocate or other supporter.
Provision and support can be delivered by education, health or social care depending on the outcomes specified.
If any provision specified in a young person’s EHC plan is not being delivered then it should be brought to the attention of the local authority who is ultimately responsible for the EHC plan.
For further information please contact the FISH Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support (SENDIAS) service on either:
Tel: (01482) 396469