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Housing Options

Young people with SEND may start thinking about living independently as they get older. It is very important that they have choices and control where possible when making decisions about their lives. Under Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 Preparation for Adulthood outcomes are the focus of EHC plan reviews from year 9 onwards. This is a really good time to start thinking about housing and what options are available. However, it is often left until last or even until after there has been a crisis. From here onwards it is important as and when appropriate to start thinking about housing options available.

The council’s Housing Options Service is a good place to start your housing enquiries, they offer:

  • Support with owning or renting your home
  • Assistive equipment and/or technology
  • Supported Living
  • Residential settings

Video coming soon in 2021/2022, explaining what each option has to offer.

The Preparing for Adulthood programme (PfA), delivered by the National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi), have produced a: No Place Like Home: A Housing and Support booklet to help people with Learning Disabilities find a housing choice right for them. This booklet is designed to provide information that will support a discussion with someone with learning disabilities who is thinking about moving into their own home.

Mencaps, Housing -FAQs is also a good source of information, which provides answers to some common questions.

Below are the questions that are worth thinking about when planning and preparing a child or young person for adulthood, in relation to housing options:

Independent Living - Housing  Yes/No/Partially
Has the young person been asked about where they want to live in future and with whom?  
Do the parent/carers have a view on what should ideally happen and by what age? E.g. what are the parents' or foster carers' expectations for the young person post 18?  
Has the family been given information on how to get onto the housing register?  
Have the family and young person been signposted to support around housing?  
Is the young person learning skills at school and at home that will help with living independently at home?  
Does the EHC plan reflect wishes around housing?  


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