Leaving school and moving into adult life can be an exciting and challenging time for young people and their parents, with lots of changes and choices to be made about the future.
If your son or daughter has a special educational need and/or disability, making this transition can be even more complicated. You may be receiving support from a number of different agencies, including health, social care and education services, and these will all change as your child approaches adulthood.
To make sure your son or daughter has a positive experience of transition and receives the right support, you as a parent need to make sure that you have the right information and are well prepared for the process.
Between the ages of 16 and 19, your son or daughter may choose to go on to further education, for example at a local college. They may want to study an academic course, think about an apprenticeship or traineeship or something more work-related.
For some young people with a disability employment may not be an option and there are no guarantees but there are a number of organisations locally that can help you son or daughter to find the right kind of employment, help with CV’s and training. Even if paid work is not a possibility for your son or daughter, opportunities such as work based training and volunteering schemes may still provide valuable experience and skills.
Listed below are organisations that can help with further training, CV writing, job searches, apprenticeships and much more…
More information on services can be found on the Transitions 16 - 25 section of the Reading Services Guide
Updated March 2021