What follows school for a child with additional support needs?
10:00 - 12:30
This course is designed for parents of children with additional support needs focuses on this important transition and has sessions about services and assessments, education and employment options, money matters and decision making.
Duration: 5 weeks
Who is this course for?
Carers who support a child/young adult with additional support needs who will leave school in the next couple of years.
Week 1 – How will the days be spent?
This session explores how a young person with additional needs will spend their days when they no longer attend school and provide information on college, employment and day centres.
Week 2 – How adult services work
With input from the Transition Team, this session looks at services for young people after school, and also explores Local Authority provision for adults and how support is accessed, including information on Carers’ Assessments.
Week 3 – Further Education & Employment
This session provided by Skills Development Scotland introduces a number of further education and employment options and support for young people with additional needs and their issues.
Week 4 – Planning for the future
In Scotland, once someone turns sixteen they are legally an adult and can make decisions about their finances, welfare and medical treatment. This session explores the legislation around the topic of helping someone with additional needs make decisions. This session will cover Powers of Attorney and Guardianship and will also focus on longer term planning such as wills & trusts.
Week 5 – Money Matters
This session provides information about the Welfare Benefits system, and the changes that can occur in a family’s money situation as a child with additional needs moves into adulthood. In addition, this session will include an update on changes that will be introduced through Government Welfare Reform.
What carers will get from this course
Information on options for the future, who can provide support and processes to access support.