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Preparing for adult life (ages 14 – 25 years)


The term ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ is used to describe the time in your life as you move from being a child to an adult.

It is an important time in your life where you will start planning and thinking about your goals for the future. You may have already started thinking about this when you were younger and as you became a young teenager, but the planning will start from age 14.

Things you will be thinking about and planning for include:

Who are the Preparing for Adulthood Team and what do they do?

Our Preparing for Adulthood Team are part of Adult Social Care. We work with young people and their parents or carers from the age of 14. We engage with young people, families, carers and the supporting agencies, to empower young people to make the most of the opportunities of adulthood and become as independent, self-reliant and confident as possible.

Our aim is to ensure the best experience of transition to adulthood. Our Preparing for Adulthood Core Handout provides a summary of things that you need to consider as you prepare to start adult life. These will also be given to you by a member of the Preparing for Adulthood Team.

To access information on Preparing for Adulthood in an easy read format, visit Learning Disability Devon.

How do I get support from the Preparing for Adulthood Team?

If you are a young person between the ages of 12 and 18, a carer, parent or a professional seeking support from the Preparing for Adulthood Team, then please complete the Preparing for Adulthood referral form.

This form includes a privacy notice which explains the information we record and how we will use it.

If you have any questions about making a referral to the Preparing for Adulthood team, the services we provide, or wider questions about Adult Social Care please call the Preparing for Adulthood team on 01392 381 291 or email them at preparingforadulthoodsecure-mailbox@devon.gov.uk for an informal chat.

Who can access adult social care services?

To find out more about the type of help that may be available use the self-help tool on our Care and Health webpage.

For more information about who is eligible for adult social care services have a look at our Adult Social Care Policy: Vision, 5 year plan, Annual Report and Strategies page.

Helpful tools

Below are some useful links and tools that the team have put together to help you learn more about how to prepare for adult life and the skills you may need.

  • The Independence Toolkit will help you think about the types of skills that you might need for adulthood. It is a useful way to track your progress in learning new skills, record achievements and recognise things that you may find more challenging.It can also help you to navigate the transitions between services. This could mean moving from school to college, moving between social care and health services or even finding you own place to live.
  • Independence Toolkit- PDFs to download and print.
  • We have produced a decision-making toolkit to help young people with the decision-making process.
  • The Developing Independence Checklist leaflet is a visual tool using small drawings and symbols to explain some of the skills that you might need to develop when preparing for adult life.
  • The Preparing for Adulthood Core Handout provides a summary of things that you need to consider as you prepare to start adult life. These will also be given to you by adulthood social workers at review meetings.
  • National Preparing for Adulthood website, Preparing for Adulthood is a national organisation that works to ensure that young people with SEND achieve paid employment, independent living, good health, friendships, relationships and community inclusion.
  • The Intensive Assessment and Treatment Team can provide specialist health support for people with learning disabilities and their families.
  • The Learning Disability Devon website contains useful information about Preparing for adulthood in an easy read format.
  • Devon Information and Advice Service (DiAS), have a dedicated team offering legally-based and easily accessible information and advice about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They support parents, carers, children and young people with SEND and our service is impartial and confidential.
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