This means supporting a child or young person to develop the skills needed to:
- enjoy living independently as an adult, as fully as possible
- achieve their ambitions
- go on to higher education, find a job or become self-employed
- be able to participate in society, including having friends and supportive relationships and both joining in and contributing to their local community
- be as healthy as possible in adult life
Support to develop these skills needs to start as early as possible and be centred around the child or young person’s own ambitions, interests and needs.
You can read more about what ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ means and the support you can get from local authorities and health services in section 8 of the SEND Code of Practice.