Post 16 / Preparing for Adulthood

Click here to find an interactive Route to Adulthood – scroll across the words on the map to find links to more information.
Or see below for a list of information headings.

Schools and Colleges

Local education options include mainstream school 6th forms, special schools (Larkrise, St. Nicholas and Exeter House), local colleges such as Wiltshire College, Fairfield College and the Farleigh College in Swindon.  These providers offer the whole range of qualifications, from entry level through to foundation degree programmes.  Learners can access foundation, vocational and personalised programmes.

Wiltshire College has four sites across Wiltshire: Chippenham, Lackham, Trowbridge and Salisbury and provides learner-centred, individualised study programmes.  Watch this video to watch Caitlin tell us what it was like for her to move from school to college:  Caitlin’s video story.
For further information please visit the Wiltshire College website or download the Wiltshire College ASC leaflet and the Wiltshire College SEND leaflet.

Fairfield College provides a range of programmes for young people with learning disabilities.  Learning takes place on the college site with real work-based learning opportunities, preparing students for living and working in the adult community.  Click on the names below to find out more about how Fairfield College has worked for these young people:
Charlie,   Imogen,   Jack,   John,   Lizzie,   Megan,   Robbie,   Ryan, and Sam.
For further information please visit the Fairfield Farm College website or download the Fairfield Farm College leaflet.

Priory Farleigh Colleges (in Swindon) provide specialist education for young people with a range of conditions with special education needs, including autism and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties, through their network of further education colleges and partnerships with NHS child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).  Clink on the link for further information:
Swindon

There are 3 special schools in Wiltshire providing education for young people with severe learning difficulties, including profound and multiple learning difficulties and ASC.  These are:
Exeter House School, Somerset Road, Salisbury, SP1 3BL  Tel: 01722 334168
Larkrise School, Ashton Street, Trowbridge, BA14 7EB  Tel:   01225 761434     
St Nicholas School, Malmesbury Road,Chippenham,SN15 1QF    Tel:  01249 650435

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you will:

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
Advanced 3 2 A level passes
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

 

Who can apply

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

Find out more about becoming an apprentice in Wiltshire

Supported Internship

Supported Internships are individualised study programmes, which are delivered by the colleges with support from job coaches. The job coaches are employed by Wiltshire Council. They help the interns to find working interviews. The aim of all working interviews is paid employment, wherever the young person has been able to show that they are capable of doing all the tasks needed in order to do the job. Wiltshire College, Fairfield College and Swindon College all offer Supported Internships.

Watch this film to see young people from Wiltshire and their experience of Supported Internships: https://youtu.be/M9ave9Nsgqs

Wiltshire Supported Internship – What to expect

Wiltshire Supported Internship – FAQs

To find out more about Wiltshire College Supported Internship, click on the link:

Wiltshire College Supported Internship Programme and how to apply

To find out more about Fairfield College Supported Internship, contact Helen Beer by telephone on 01373 866 066 or by email: helen.beer@ffc.ac.uk

Application form supported internship – Fairfield

Supported Intern Medical Form – Fairfield

To find out more about Swindon College Supported Internship, contact Tracey Clements by email:
TraceyClements@swindon.ac.uk

Traineeship

To find out more about traineeships click on these links:

https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/traineeships-are-they-for-me

For local traineeship opportunities, contact Wiltshire College on: 01225 350035 or email info@wiltshire.ac.uk.

Job Centre+

Jobcentre Plus is a service for people who receive the following benefits:

Jobseeker’s Allowance You can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) to help you when you look for work. For more information or to apply: https://www.gov.uk/jobseekers-allowance/overview

Employment Support Allowance provides money if you can’t work because of illness or disability. For more information or to apply: https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

Income Support is extra money to help people on a low income or none at all. For more information or to apply: https://www.gov.uk/income-support

Universal Credit has started to replace 6 benefits with a single monthly payment if you’re out of work or on a low income. For more information or to apply: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

First you need to apply for the benefit. Following this an appointment would be made for you at the Jobcentre, if required. You would then meet with a Work Coach who will support you to become job ready.

For further information, visit this website:https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus

Social Care Provision

An early referral is encouraged for an Adult Services assessment, also called a transition assessment, as an assessment of needs may be required. The law says that this must happen when it would be of “significant benefit’ to the young person. Care Act (2014)

If offered an assessment, your assessing worker will decide whether or not you meet eligibility for adult social care. Your assessor will look to see if you have a substantial risk to your wellbeing in certain areas of your life such as needing support with personal care. The eligibility criteria can be found in the Care Act (2014) – click on the link for a quick reference guide.  The fact that a young adult is eligible for adult social care does not necessarily mean that they will get the same support that they were receiving as a child. The level and type of support will instead reflect needs as an adult. Assessment for adult care or support must consider whether the young person is likely to have needs for care and support after they turn 18 and, if so, what those needs are likely to be, and which are likely to be eligible needs.

If a young adult is not eligible for adult social care, they will be given advice and signposted to other support that may be available

For many young people, living with parents when they reach adulthood is the preferred option. The Council is committed to supporting the young person to live at home with their family. The support available to a person choosing to remain at home comes in different forms and not dissimilar to services provided as a child.

Respite / Direct Payment / Personal Budget

There are three respite services within the Council, which young adults with a diagnosed learning disability can choose to access. The respite services are in Devizes, Chippenham and Salisbury. The number of nights offered to a young person is based on need, so varies from person to person. If a young people chooses not to access one of the respite services, they can request a direct payment instead. This option is available for young people with a disability who have an assessed need.

Day Opportunities / Direct Payment / Personal Budget / Direct Service

The Council provides day opportunities across Wiltshire for young adults who have a learning disability. All day opportunities provide a variety of activities, including hydro, ice skating, swimming and bowling. These services are in Devizes Chippenham Trowbridge and Salisbury. For young people where day opportunities are not appropriate, or are not a preferred choice, a direct payment can be requested instead. This option is available for young people with a disability who have an assessed need. How this is used is up to the young person and their families but can be used for private day opportunities or a PA. Some young people and their families do not wish to receive a direct payment. In these circumstances a direct service may be something families wish to explore further. A direct service is where the Council pays an agency directly to provide support in line with assessed need. A completed support plan is sent to all accredited providers within Wiltshire and they will tender for agreement to provide the support.

Community Connecting / WEST

Community Connecting and WEST are both still available as a young adult.

Living Arrangements

For some young people, living at home is not an option and alternative arrangements need to be considered. It is our aspiration for all young people to grow up to live as independently as possible, having choice and control over their lives. Where alternative accommodation is required the Council would look to provide a supported living package.

Housing – You should also think, or be supported to think about how /when you may eventually want to move out of the family home.  This will involve a social care assessment the following may be helpful

What is supported living?

Supported living can mean and be different things to different people. For some, supported living can be living on their own with minimal support, living as independently as possible within the community. A young person will have their own tenancy and receive benefits which they will use toward daily living, bills and rent.

Supported Living can mean living with others and sharing some support. It can mean having access to support 24 hours a day. A young person will have their own tenancy and receive benefits which they will use toward daily living, bills and rent.

Telecare

Telecare will always be explored as an option to meet eligible unmet need rather than paid support. Telecare is support and assistance provided at a distance using information and communication technology.  Telecare offers young people security and peace of mind, through services that enables them to stay independent in their own home. One of the simplest forms of telecare is a pendent. This can be worn around the wrist or around the neck. This can be pressed and will alert a monitoring center with trained operators staffed 24 hours a day. This will then enable the young person to have a conversation and explain the reasoning for their call.

Who provides support within supported living?

As within Children’s Services, a Direct Payment / Personal budget can be offered to employ a choice of agency or PA’S. If a young person or their family are not wanting this, a direct service can be offered. A support plan will be developed with the young person which will be sent out to the local accredited provides within Wiltshire by the resource specialist. The chosen provider will be based on meeting the young person’s outcomes, alongside best value. If a young person will be sharing with others a provider will tender for all young people and the best provider for all young people will be chosen.

Housing Options

To apply for housing through the Council, an application through Homes for Wiltshire will need to be made. Priority giving will depend on individual circumstances. The type of property given i.e. bedrooms will be dependent on need. If you are going to be sharing a tenancy with identified others, then all need to make a housing application with one person as the lead name. Housing will only be offered when support has been assessed and a provider agreed and identified. There is the opportunity to move into existing supported living and the Council have a list of possible vacancies to explore. There are opportunities to rent from private landlords and there are companies who will offer support in identifying suitable accommodation.

Shared Lives

An alternative to supported living is shared lives this would be, it provides a young adult the opportunity to live with a family. Click this link to read the leaflet:   SHARED LIVES Leaflet August 2016

Residential Care Home

For some people, residential care is more appropriate. This tends to be for young people with more complex needs, because of their physical need, health need or support with their challenging behaviour.

All options outlined above are dependent on eligibility and appropriateness of provision. A young person’s capacity will always be at the forefront, with them making their own decisions and choices where they have capacity to do so.

 

Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST)

The Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) assists young people into finding and sustaining varying levels of paid employment with local employers.

To do this we look at the different types of paid employment that will suit the young person; this is based upon their skills, interests and experience. We then aim to match individual skills to available jobs including apprenticeships.

WEST forms part of a wider team called Employment and Community Skills.

WEST provides a person centred service, working with the young person to enable them to reach stability when in paid employment with the planned aspiration for them to do this independently.

What we do

When WEST receives your referral you will be allocated to a Job Coach who will meet with you to register you to our service. Your Job Coach will ask you about your experience and expertise to help highlight further skills you may need for work, we call this profiling. Your Job Coach will then support you to begin applying for jobs and prepare for interviews.

We can advise you on how to get a benefit calculation completed, which will clearly explain the financial benefits of moving into paid work.

You will actively look for paid employment and need to be committed to your job searching. Should a job be found and you are successful at an interview you will be supported by your Job Coach to start work. This will be until you and your new employer feel confident and have the necessary skills to carry out your role independently. WEST will continue to review how you are getting on in your paid work and support you in sustaining your employment until you are ready to do so independently.

Who is eligible?

SEND Service referrals

  • Young people 14 to 25 years of age with a My EHC Plan or Statement of Special Education Need (SEN) or previously held a statement.
  • Young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) not meeting the above criteria and between 16 and 25 years of age (funded from Aiming High budget).
  • Resident in the county of Wiltshire (local authority boundary area).

Adult_Care_and_CTPLD_referrals

In all cases approval is required before making the referral:

  • 18 years of age and above
  • Has an assessed eligible need for this service (Care Act 2014)
  • Identified under the following Reported Health Conditions
    • PI: Long term health condition – physical (acquired physical injury)
    • N: Long term health condition – neurological (Stroke, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Acquired Brain Injury)
    • SI:  Sensory Impairment (visually impaired, hearing impaired)
    • LD: Learning, development or intellectual disability
    • ASC: Learning, development or intellectual disability (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism)

Please note that customers are not eligible if they are working with another Wiltshire Council supported employment service or supported by a universal service such as a Work Programme provider.

Who can refer?

  • Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) Worker
  • Wiltshire College Tutor
  • Wiltshire Supported Internship Job Coach
  • Social Worker
  • Wiltshire Specialist School Teacher
  • Adult Autism Diagnostic Service
  • Wiltshire Council; Social care advice and Information 0300 456 0111
  • Adult CareCommunity Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD)

Contact details

For more information about these services call the team on: 01225 718004 or email west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk.

This information is also available in the Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) fact sheet 2015.

Community Connecting

Who we are

We assist customers to find out more about their local community and how they can access some of the following.

  • Finding voluntary work
  • Socialising
  • Joining a club
  • Further Education; including College courses and other training opportunities
  • Using their community facilities to do things that they enjoy
  • Meeting friends
  • Traineeships
  • Travel training

We provide a time limited service; with the aim of working with the customer so they are able to find, take part in their chosen community activity and to do this independently.

What we do

When Community Connecting receives your referral you will be allocated to a Community Co-ordinator, who will meet with you to register you to our service. Your Community Co-ordinator will ask you what type of volunteering or leisure interest you wish to pursue.

We will support you to explore opportunities in your community; working with you to identify your existing skills and help you to develop any new skills needed. When found we then plan with you how you are going to get to your chosen activity/voluntary position and will support you in this for the appropriate length of time. We will review our work with you regularly to ensure you are able to sustain your chosen activity/voluntary position.

Supporting new friendships

Friendships can be supported for all sorts of reasons, some examples may include: Gym sessions, fitness classes, swimming, café visits, meeting in each other’s home, cinema visits, pubs, evening classes, and dog walking.

They would be supported in the same way as voluntary positions and activities.

Once you have settled into your new friendship your Community Co-ordinator will have a chat with you to review it and then fade away to leave you to it.

Who is eligible

SEND Service referrals

  • Young people 14 to 25 years of age with a My Plan or Statement of Special Education Need (SEN) or previously held a statement.
  • Young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) not meeting the above criteria and between 16 and 25 years of age (funded from Aiming High budget).
  • Resident in the county of Wiltshire (local authority boundary area).

Adult Care and CTPLD referrals

In all cases approval is required before making the referral:

  • 18 years of age and above
  • Has an assessed eligible need for this service (Care Act 2014)
  • Identified under the following Reported Health Conditions
    • PI: Long term health condition – physical (acquired physical injury)
    • N: Long term health condition – neurological (Stroke, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Acquired Brain Injury)
    • SI:  Sensory Impairment (visually impaired, hearing impaired)
    • LD: Learning, development or intellectual disability
    • ASC: Learning, development or intellectual disability (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism)

Please note that customers are not eligible if they are working with another Wiltshire Council supported employment service or supported by a universal service such as a Work Programme provider.

Who can refer

  • Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) Worker
  • Wiltshire College Tutor
  • Wiltshire Supported Internship Job Coach
  • Social Worker
  • Wiltshire Specialist School Teacher
  • Adult Autism Diagnostic Service
  • Wiltshire Council: Social care advice and Information 0300 456 0111
  • Adult Care
  • Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD)

Contact details

For more information about these services call the team on: 01225 718004 or email west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk.

This information is also available in the Community Connecting fact sheet 2015

Travel Training

Employment and Community Skills provide travel training to assist young people to travel within their community.   Full details regarding eligibility, referral and service details can be found in the Travel Training Fact Sheet.

For further information please contact the team on 01225 718004 or email west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk

For more information about how travel training and how this can be of benefit read this Travel Training newsletter or follow this link to watch our short film: https://vimeo.com/172816957/

Post-16 Transport Policy

Click on link for details: SEN-Travel-Assistance- Policy Jun2017

Click on link for application form: SEN Travel Assistance Post 16 Application form

Post-16 Leisure Activities

For information about post-16 leisure activities, please visit www.wiltshireparentcarercouncil.co.uk.

Post-16 Placement Policy

Click on link for details: Post 16 Placement Policy

Mediation and Appeal

Families now have the right to the same education mediation and appeal right up to the age of 25. This might be because you have been turned down in an application for support you feel you are entitled to, or because you are unhappy with the support you are being provided.

Read more about Mediation and Appeals

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