Local Offer

Becoming an adult and preparing for the future.

The aim of this stage is to ensure that the family begin to prepare for the young person’s transition into adulthood and that they have clear expectations about what options and services are available and are able to make informed choices about the future.

Annual School Reviews, from Year 7 to 11 which involve parents and all professionals involved with the family to look at services and support currently being provided. At these meeting support needs for the family and outcomes across all areas of the young person’s life are reviewed.

Families are made aware of what services and equipment are available that can support a meaningful life for the young person so that informed choices can be made.

In addition to annual reviews, transition planning starts to take place and brings together the people who will ensure that the young person and their family can plan ahead for the future as they enter adulthood. Transition planning is a person-centred process with the young person’s preference, goals and aspirations taking centre stage. The transition plan is focussed on individual needs, regardless of what those needs might be, and agreed with the young person and their family.

As part of transitional planning, workers should look at information to help people plan support for the future and at this point forecast around a personal budget should be looked at.

The next element of this stage is to ensure that the whole family is prepared for the young person’s move into adulthood, that they have clear expectations about continuation or changes in services once the young person reaches age 18 and makes sure they are clear about how this will happen which will have been detailed in the transitional plan and will cover the areas:

  • Medical care
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Further Education, training or employment
  • Social Support
  • Accommodation
  • Support for the rest of the family
  • Leisure
  • Finance

Ensure that families are in receipt of targeted support and are aware of what is achievable and deliverable and that going forwards, the young person’s has a suite of options regarding learning, working and leisure activities and where they want to live. Reviews will be conducted with families on a regular basis, at least annually.

Where relevant, every young person and their family should be helped to decide on an end of life plan and should be provided with care and support to achieve this as closely as possible.

Useful Links:

Queen Elizabeth Foundation for Disabled Children
Skill: National Bureau for Students and Disabilities
Preparing for adulthood
Personal Health Budgets
Community Life Choices
Job Centre Plus
Hartlepool College of Further Education
Hartlepool Now - Informaion for Local Help and Support
Hartlepool Information, Advice and Support Service
Benefit Advice
One Stop Shop

Provision Types

U - Universal services are available to all children & young people and can be accessed without an assessment.

T - Targeted services are for children & young people who may need additional support to access services, or may need groups or services that are specifically designed to meet their needs. Some targeted provision can be accessed directly with or without an assessment.

S - Specialist services are for children & young people with severe and/or complex needs who are likely to require even more support than is available either through universal or targeted services. This service will require an assessment of need.