The move from being a child to becoming an adult is a big change for all young people. It involves:

  • preparing for more independence
  • making plans for the future

For those with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND):

  • this needs more preparation and planning than for other young people of the same age.
  • with the right support at the right time, a smooth transition can be achieved.

Who is the guide for?

This online guide is for young people with special educational needs or disabilities.  Parents, carers and professionals will also find it helpful.

It explains:

  • the different things you will need to think about as you become a teenager and an adult.
  • what education, health and social care services are there for you in different areas of your life.

PDF Guide for parents and carers

A guide has also been created for parents and carers.  People who work with young people with SEND will find this useful too.

You can download a copy of the guide by clicking on the below image or under Links and documents.  It is an accessible PDF which means it can be used with screen readers.

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The PDF guide is available in the languages below.  Please note that Google Translate has been used to translate them from the English version.  There could be some small errors.

Arabic          Bengali          Chinese (simplified)             Czech          Persian          Polish

Punjabi          Slovak          Somali          Ukranian          Urdu

If you would like a paper copy of the guide in English or another language, please contact  

Local Offer (0-25 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

Throughout this guide you will see other links to pages in the Local Offer website.

Please use the links with the information in this guide.

The guide has been written with the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum.

We hope it helps you to know more about:

  • preparing for adulthood
  • moving from children to adult services.

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