Services for Young People offers young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) aged 13-25 impartial information, advice and guidance on their post-16 options such as further education, training, employment and independent living.
The LDD Team includes specialist Personal Advisers dedicated to working with young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, to help them make a smooth transition into adult life.
The team works closely with schools, colleges and other learning providers. It also supports young people who attend out-of-county schools or colleges and helps those not in education, employment or training. It is also important that the team works with the young person's parents/carers.
Please click on the tabs on the left for details of the support and advice available.
Education Health and Care Plan
Following the introduction of the SEND Code of Practice in September 2014, HCC's 0-25 SEND Team will support the assessment and review of EHCPs.
Young people meet with a Personal Adviser from the LDD Team during Year 9 (around age 13/14). We attend the Year 9 Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) review as part of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice.
Our Personal Advisers continue to see young people in class, in individual interviews, in groups and at parents’ evenings in school. They aim to explore future options, identify the young person's interests and needs, and provide appropriate support. Personal Advisers also work closely in partnership with parents/carers, teachers, tutors, social workers and other professionals to identify appropriate support and provision.
Personal Advisers write a ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ (PfA) Transition Plan for young people from Year 9 onwards.
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Support for young people with additional needs in the workplace
The SfYP Supported Employment Team helps young people with learning difficulties and disabilities to find suitable paid work and thrive in the workplace.
Supported Internships are for young people aged 16-25 with additional needs who want to move into employment but need support to do so.
Support for young people with complex needs at college
The LDD Team's Personal Advisers also advise on support at college for young people with complex support needs. They can support with requests for additional funding from the appropriate funding body, either at a local college or, in exceptional circumstances, specialist residential colleges.
Please contact the LDD Team's Duty Line, call 01438 844999 (answerphone available) or email SfYP.LDD@hertfordshire.gov.uk
Have you heard of the SEND Local Offer?
Information about the support Services for Young People offers young people aged 13-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is given on this website. However, other services for this age range and for children and adults outside of this age range, can be found in the SEND Local Offer directory, Hertfordshire’s central source of information for SEND services and support.