Local Offer - Preparing for adulthood

The transition from childhood to adulthood is often a difficult time of change for many young people and especially those with a disability. There are many decisions for a young person and their families to take regarding the future. This can be a complex stage as support from agencies such as health, education and social care can change from the age of 18.

Disabled young people tell us that they want the same things in life as their non-disabled peers:

  • opportunities to succeed in education and work
  • to live independently and healthily
  • to be active members of their communities
  • have positive friends and relationships                                          

The choices for young people with special educational needs and disabilities leaving school have a significant impact on their experience of moving into adulthood. The aim of this section 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.

Update on Career Connect Services during the Covid 19 Pandemic

Update on Career Connect Services during the Covid 19 Pandemic


Career Connect/Connexions  Information Advice Guidance, NEET reduction and prevention service. Commissioned by Sefton Council, we support NEET or at risk of NEET young people aged 16 -18 to become informed participants in education, employment and training.  We deliver through three locality teams: -  North, Central and South. Working in different ways in those communities so that young people have choice in the ways they access the service.  


During Covid 19 - Current delivery is virtual  


We support particular vulnerable groups of young people across the borough: -


Sefton Virtual School and The Leaving Care Service Working closely with looked after children and those leaving care up to the age of 25. To improve their resilience in finding education, employment and training. This is underpinned by strong partnership working with local social work teams, housing options, employers and DWP to ensure young people have the support needed to progress. 


SEND young people with an EHCP and or High Need Funding (From Year 9 to Year 14) - we have a team of SEND advisers that work closely with schools/colleges and the L.A. statutory assessment team to support work the council undertake in relation to young people with an EHCP or HNF and their transitions.  (From Year 14 to age 25) – we have a specialist adviser. This is a complex role that requires strong partnership working with SEN, Adult Social Services and Mental health services.  


Youth Justice Effective engagement with young people that normally have multiple barriers to accessing our services. This allows swift identification of those barriers and is evidenced through a strong partnership approach between statutory services and Career Connect. 


Young Carers  Support through a named coach practitioner.  Teenage Parents Support through a named adviser. 


Elective Home Education Early intervention through Year 9,10, 11 which ensures a positive transition at year 11.   


Year 11 school students Through early identification by schools and other professionals of yr11’s assessed through RONI (Risk Of NEET Indicators) we engage and address any barriers to positive progressions post 16. 


If you have a Sefton resident 16-18, concerned about school, college, apprenticeships or work during this current situation you can call  0151 944 6100  or email   sarah.vaughan@careerconnect.org.uk

When does the transitions process start?

Transitions planning begins at year 9 when the Transition Co-ordinators start attending the young person's annual education reviews. Future plans are made looking at opportunities including further education, living arrangements, leisure services, healthcare needs, day services and employment. The Co-ordinators are available throughout the transitions process to support, guide, and assist families to ensure a seamless transition to adulthood.

Click here to visit Sefton's Transition Service page.

Sefton's Transition Service

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Post 16 Education, Training & Employment Information

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Sefton Transition's Team from Childhood to Adulthood protocols

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Preparing for Adulthood guide

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