Participation and empowerment for young people

Young adults who are disabled or have special educational needs can expect to have information, advice and support to make sure they fully participate in all decisions about their support, and also have the opportunity to say how overall local provision for other young people should be.

Local authorities have duties to provide young people with information and advice on matters relating to SEN and disability. This could include:

  • Local policy and practice
  • The Local Offer
  • Personalisation and personal budgets
  • Law on SEN and disability health and social care and suitability
  • Independently trained staff
  • Advice for young people on gathering, understanding and interpreting information and applying it to their own situation
  • Local SEN youth forums, disability groups, or training events
  • Parents’ views are not used as a proxy for young people’s views

Barking and Dagenham already has a Young People’s Progress Forum as well as the BAD (Barking and Dagenham) Youth Parliament to influence service design and delivery, and will be establishing a young adults’ support, advice and information service. The Progress Forum has identified that information will be best accessed through youth clubs (for those who go).

If you are a young adult  (aged 16 to 25) with SEN or who is disabled, you will be able to find out about opportunities to get information, advice and support. You will also find information on:

  • Participating in partnership with the local authority and partners in service design and delivery
  • Becoming empowered in relation to being involved in planning in relation to your needs and wider service development and delivery

The Advisory Partners

The Advisory Partners is a self-advocacy group for young people and adults who have a learning disability.

The Advisory Partners

Young People’s Development Forum

The Young People’s Development Forum works to support young people who are disabled or have special educational needs, to have an influence on service improvement and development. The forum has looked at a number of issues including: volunteering, anti-bullying, employment and training, barriers to participation, short breaks, and transport.

Barking and Dagenham Progress Project

Ab Phab

Ab Phab aim to support and empower young people to progress from dependence to their wished level of independence.

The Sycamore Trust

The Sycamore Trust offers a range of services to support families and individuals affected by autism and learning difficulties.