By the time you’re 16, you should have something called a pathway plan, which says how well you are doing and what extra support you’ll get from the local authority.
The Pathway Plan is different to your Care Plan in that it prepares for your future in much more detail. Your plan will be your own and it will be flexible, suiting your needs and giving you room to breathe as your needs and plans may change. You will have a copy of your Plan, and your plan will be reviewed with you every six months.
What will my pathway plan include:
- Your accommodation – your rights and housing options
- Education, training or employment needs and any financial or practical help you’re entitled to
- Relationships with family and friends
- Any practical skills you need and how to get them
- Any personal support you need
- Your Personal Adviser and the people who will help and support you will be named.
Part of your Pathway Plan will include a back-up plan(contingency) so it isn’t the end of the world if things don’t work out as planned.
Your pathway plan should be all about what you want for the future – like where you want to live, if you want to go to college or uni, or go out to work. So it shouldn’t be put together without you telling everyone what really matters to you first.