From the last Friday in June after they turn 16, your child will become a young person according to SEN Law. They will be encouraged to make decisions about their EHCP, learning and life choices.
As a parent or carer you are probably used to making these decisions for your child and you will continue to have a vital role in encouraging your young person to make and share their views, goals and ambitions for future life and have a smooth and positive transition to adulthood.
The laws says that the young person must be closely involved in decisions about their future. This will usually be with the support of their parents/carers but the young person must be in agreement to any decisions reached. They can also be supported by an advocate who will ensure that their views are taken into account by everyone involved. These will include:
Talk to them about the changes, now that they are 16 and encourage them to think about:
The law says that children and young people can access information, advice and support independently from their parents. The advice that they receive must be impartial, confidential and free.
Here at Kirklees Independent Advice Service (KIAS) and Calderdale SENDIASS we can offer this support. All our officers have undertaken training in SEN Law and are happy to support you and your young person through the journey to adulthood. Our Young Person Advocate, Sheila Hickerton, would be pleased to give advice and support including:
Preparation for Adulthood is a shared, gradual process and most young people will want their parents / carers to be closely involved in decisions they make but if parents ask KIAS for support for a young person over 16, we need the young person’s consent for this to go ahead.