Support for Special Educational Needs and Disability
Supporting our young people with SEND
Recent months have been hard for everyone. If you are a young person with SEND, things may have been even more difficult and complicated, and planning what to do next is tough.
For most young people, and especially those with an Education, Health and Care Plan, growing up and becoming an adult is a time of change and development. It can be both exciting and daunting for you and your loved ones as you move towards more personal independence and set out on your next journeys. There is extra support planned and this process is called transition pathway planning. It is very important that young people with SEND can access good quality information and all the support they are entitled to, which will enable them to make the right decisions as they move into adulthood.
Young people may be receiving services from a number of agencies such as health, social care, voluntary agencies or education services; it is important that these organisations are involved in planning for the future so that choices and concerns can be explored properly, always with the young person at the heart of the planning.
Find out more about Plymouth’s guidance and support SEND services below:
Plymouth Online Directory
Plymouth Online Directory is designed to provide information, advice and guidance through the transition to adulthood process.
CSW provide independent support for vulnerable young people to enable them to make successful transitions into education, employment or training (EET).
All young people with an Education Health and Care Plan, who are likely to make a transition, will be offered an interview with a specialist advisor from CSW to support them in their decision making and choice of provider when they leave school.
CSW will also work with young people if their school has registered them as having SEN Support and they are deemed to be at risk of becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training).
CSW work with all NEET 16-19 year olds but can support young people with an EHCP up until their 25th birthday if they are looking at continuing in education.
CSW provide impartial information, advice and guidance to help young people make informed decisions about their future and work in a person centred way, ensuring the young person’s voice is at the heart of what happens.
Jobcentre Plus Plymouth
If you are a young person claimant, there are specialist Disability Employer Advisers and Autism leads available who can offer 1-2-1 support.
Ask the work coach at your local Jobcentre.
Plymouth Information Advice and Support for SEND
Plymouth Information Advice and Support for SEND provide resources and information, advice and support to young people with SEND and their parents.
The Plymouth Parent Carer Voice
The Plymouth Parent Carer Voice brings together parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Plymouth to give them the voice in the services that they use.
National agencies who offer support services
Disability Rights UK - Get Ahead
Welcome to the first issue of the Disability Rights UK (DR UK) monthly newsletter. We are disabled people leading change, and the voice of young disabled people has to be central to that change. We want to keep you informed with news and information on your journey through education, training and work.
Here are some online resources and information:
Disability Rights UK student helpline - Need help?
Call our Disabled Students Helpline Telephone: 0330 995 0414 Opening hours: 11am-1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.