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I am a young person

Welcome to the Southend SEND Local Offer section for young people. We hope you are able to find quick and easy information to support you. 

To find information you can:

  • read the answers to the questions by clicking on them below
  • click on the search icon and enter keywords at the top of the page
  • click on the following topics:

Preparing for adulthood

Events and activities (things to do)


Money, housing and legal information

Health and wellbeing

Social Care

Respite and Short Breaks

If you feel we have missed anything:

What things do I need to think about as I become an adult?

The Local Offer is here to help you prepare for adulthood.

We even have a team, the SEND Preparing for Adulthood Team. The team supports those in Year 9 who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (or EHCP for short), and those who are likely to find moving on from school difficult. 

There are 4 key things you need to think about and start planning for as you move into adulthood. These are sometimes called `preparing for adulthood outcomes':

  • higher education and employment, including self-employment if that is something you are interested in.
  • independent living - so you have choice, control and freedom over your life and the support you have. This includes thinking about where you will live and what support you might need. 
  • participating in your local community and society. This includes having friends and supportive relationships. 
  • being as healthy as possible in adult life.

You can watch a video about the 4 preparing for adulthood outcomes

If you have an EHCP, your annual reviews from year 9 onwards will include a focus on preparing for adulthood. 

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan and how do I get one?

Personal budgets and direct payments

A personal budget is funding allocated to meet the additional and individual support needs of children and young people. It is allocated when it is clear that a child or young person’s needs cannot be met fully by mainstream or targeted services without extra support being in place.

There are 3 types of personal budget available. 

Personal health budgets:

The right to have a personal health budget applies if you are under 18 and eligible for  NHS continuing care, or if you are 18 or above and eligible for NHS continuing healthcare. Find out more about Personal Health Budgets.

Personal Education Budgets 

Social Care Direct payments

Who can help me with SEND processes and policies?

What housing options are available if I want to live independently?

Equipment for Daily Living

Southend Preparing for Adulthood Team

AskSara is an award-winning onlline self-help guide providing expert advice and information on products and equipment for older and disabled people. Visit the AskSARA website

Home adaptations and equipment

South Essex Homes

Southend Outreach Support (Peabody)

How can I make friends and get involved in my community?

What learning, training or employment options do I have now that I have left school?

Can I get help with transport to college or training?

How do I raise a concern or make a complaint?

Where can I get help with my mental health?

There are lots of organisations who can help you. You can find them all here

Get some help with your mental health

 Last updated: 16 Sep 2022

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