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SEND Local Offer- Developing Independence

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This section of the Local Offer is aimed specifically at young people from 13 - 25 as they move from children's services to adults services and has related advice, guidance and service provision.

Click in to the sub-categories on this page for specific areas of interest such as independent living, looking for work, becoming an apprentice and higher education (Please note that post 16 providers providers, such as colleges, should list any entry requirments to courses or educational attainments and you may also find this information by clicking through to their websites).


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 Nottinghamshire's Transitions Pathway for Children and Young People with SEND age 13 - 25

Nottinghamshire County Council have developed a transitions pathway to provide, information, advice and guidance on what should be happening at different stages as a young person makes their way towards adulthood. It also contains a range of information once a young person becomes an adult including employment and training opportunities, post 16 education and independent living. The pathway is fully interactive and has an introductory video to explain how you can use it and get the best out of it. To access the pathway please click on the pathway picture:

Transition pathway

 Nottinghamshire's Transitions Protocol & Transitions Support

Nottinghamshire's multi-agency transitions protocol can be viewed by clicking on this link: Nottinghamshire's Transition Protocol

Transitions Support in Nottinghamshire

If you need advice and guidance about transferring to adult services in Nottinghamshire, including support from the Council's Countywide Transitions Team, please click on the following link: Moving to Adult Services


Health Transition Planning

The NHS offer information and guidance regarding transferring from children's to adult health services, which includes mental health services, and this can be accessed by clicking on the following link: NHS Transitions Guidance

 Looking for Work

The following organisations can offer general advice and guidance if you have a disability and are looking for work:

Preparing for Adulthood - or 01225 789135

Scope - or Tel: 0808 800 3333


Nottinghamshire Employment Support

In Nottinghamshire the following organisations can provide direct support with accessing employment, work placements and training opportunities:

Engage2Employ - Tel: 01623 476830

IWork - Tel: 0115 9632638


Work Choice

If you have a disability or long-term health condition and you are seeking advice to find employment you may be eligible for support through the Work Choice programme.  In Nottinghamshire this is provided by the Shaw Trust.

To find out more about the programme please ask to speak to a Disability Employment adviser at your local Job Centre.  To find where this is please click on the website Job Centre Search.  You will need to put in your postcode.


The GOV.UK website also provides links to different sources of support such as Access to Work and Special Employability Support.


 Becoming an Apprentice

The GOV.UK website provides further advice and guidance on what an apprenticeship is all about; who can apply and how; details about pay and conditions; as well as where you get further support. Please click on the following link: Becoming an Apprentice

For more specific information about apprenticeships in Nottinghamshire, including access to details of current vacancies, as well as details about apprenticeships within the County Council please click on the following link: Apprenticeships in Nottinghamshire

In Nottinghamshire you can also get support to access apprenticeships by contacting the Futures Group - or Tel: 0800 085 8520

 Independent Living

The following organisations can offer you advice and guidance around moving towards independent living:

Preparing for Adulthood - or Tel: 01225 789135

Mencap - or Tel: 0808 808 1111

Scope -  or Tel: 0808 800 3333  



 Welfare Rights and Personal Budgets

If you require further information on welfare rights and what benefits you might be entitled to please click on the following link: Welfare Benefits

Citizens Advice offer a variety of different advice including around benefits. You can call their national adviceline on tel: 03444 111 444 (open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

If you require information and advice on personal budgets please click on the following link: Personal Budgets


 Supported Decision Making

A young person with a disability and/or special educational needs may have questions about how they can be prepared and supported to make decisions about their future.  The Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) orgnisation have produced a factsheet on this subject to ensure young people can be supproted through decision making to create positive outcomes as they prepare for adulthood. Just click here.

if you need help or advice about how to get involved in decisions about your care, you can get supprot from the advocacy service calle Pohwer.

 Independent Travel Training

What is Independent Travel Training ?

Independent Travel Training (ITT) is the delivery of training by staff in schools, colleges, voluntary services and day care services for people who are restricted in their ability to travel unassisted on public transport because of learning or physical disabilities.

Who is Independent Travel Training for?

Independent Travel Training is for people of any age who have learning or physical disabilities, which means they are unable, or are restricted in their ability, to travel unassisted on public transport. The ITT team work with the school, college or provider to deliver the training and can fit this in to the curriculum.

What can Independent Travel Training do for me?

On completion of the programme, participants should be able to travel independently to local and more widespread landmarks, school/college, work, work experience and back home.

For further information please click on the following link: Travel Training

 My Future Choices Magazine

My Futures Choices magazine is a free magazine for disabled young people, their families and people who support them. Included in each issue are stories on health, education, employment, friends and activities. All of the stories are written by young people themselves and gives an opportunity to share with other young people how they have successfully transitioned into adulthood. To access the magazine please click on the following link: My Future Choices

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