Preparing for Adulthood

The Preparing for Adulthood vision, strategy, transition guides and transition plan

The Hertfordshire Preparing for Adulthood Vision

Read this key two-page document to find out how Hertfordshire aims to support young people with SEND to get the life they want:


Services for Young People's 'Preparing for Adulthood' strategy for young people aged 14-25 with high needs is to ensure all young people achieve the best possible life outcomes and a successful transition into adult life, whatever their disability or learning difficulty. Read the full strategy document below:


Thinking about the future - a transition guide for parents and carers of young people with additional needs

It is never too early to start planning for life after school.

YC Hertfordshire has produced guides to the support available to help young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities make a successful transition to adulthood.

Read or download these major new publications for parents and carers of young people with additional needs, covering the wide range of support available.

Transition guide brochure

The transition guide brochure covers planning for the future of your son or daughter, and everything from how to get the most out of meetings to money matters and leisure time.

Download the Thinking about the future: Preparing for Adulthood Guide July 2015 here.


Preparing for Adulthood Transition Plan

The Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) - Young Person's 14-25 Transition Plan is a complete plan to support young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from Year 9 at school, in their transition onto their next step. It is designed:

  • to gather together robust evidence to help make decisions about the most appropriate option when they leave school.
  • using the principles of person-centred planning to enable providers to support young people with additional needs to work towards their aspirations.
  • to recognise that education is one part of a young person's life and allow scope for different agencies to take account of and plan for all aspects, creating a holistic package.


The Preparing for Adulthood Transition Plan is a multi-agency document and YC Hertfordshire personal advisers have a key role in supporting the use of the plan.


Learning pathways

Making decisions about what steps to take beyond school can be daunting. Many young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) want to go to college. To help the decision-making progress, Hertfordshire County Council has created a guide for parents and carers, and for young people as they move on from school. The guide sets out the learning pathways that the four further education colleges in Hertfordshire offer. Click the link below to find out more and see the guide: