Becoming an adult
Sandwell's Support for Young Adults with SEND
Sandwell is introducing a new approach to supporting young people with SEND as they become adults.
The Local Authority runs a residential course for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who are still in education. This is a 5 day course held at the Frank Chapman Centre in the Autumn known as Fast Forward. The course is being run by Think Sandwell, the council's Employment and Skills team in collaboration with schools. The course provides practical employability based activities including team working, time management and communication. Fast Forward aims to support young people to develop skills so they can progress onto supported internships, apprenticeships or employment after they leave education, and includes follow up support from the Think Sandwell Employment and Skills team. This video gives more details.
General Information for Young Adults with SEND
Between the ages of 14 and 25 you will need to make important choices about your future, such as:
You can find a lot of information about these areas on the Preparing for Adulthood website.
There is also guidance about what schools, colleges and other agencies should be doing to support the transition to adult life in the SEND Code of Practice, particularly chapters 6, 7 and 8.
If you can't find what we are looking for in these pages you may be able to find other services in Sandwell which can help. There are a number of ways to do this:
- Search The Sandwell Family Information Service Hub
- Search Information Point
- Search the Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations directory
- Search our list of national organisations who might be of help