Post 19 Interim Report
The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced a new SEND system which has extended the duties of local authorities to cover young people up to the age of 25, if they remain in further education or training or are following an apprenticeship. Previously the SEND system only covered young people up to the age at which they left school and there was a different support system for young people in further education.
DfE requested that the Preparing for Adulthood programme for 2017/18 and 2018/19 carry out some specific, in-depth work with several local areas to explore the challenges that the new system has presented in terms of the 16-25 age cohort. Local areas have raised a number of concerns and in particular the difficulties in developing holistic Education, Health and Care plans for those young people over the age of 19, which make it clear when and how they will move into employment, independent living, have friends, relationships and be part of their community and have good adult health support. Local areas often find it difficult to know when to cease an Education, Health and Care plan and how to ensure a smooth process between maintaining an Education, Health and Care plan and an adult services Care and Support plan.