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Support for young people with learning difficulties or a disability

Who supplies services and support?

Services for Young People

Young people who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) can get help from Services for Young People until they reach their 25th birthday.

Services for Young People personal advisers offer young people with LDD aged 13-24 impartial information, advice and guidance on their post-16 options such as further education, training, employment and independent living.

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. The team also works with the young person's parents and carers. 

The Services for Young People LDD Team have a number of programmes supporting young adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities into employment.

Services for Young People is part of Hertfordshire County Council and also delivers youth work projects and programmes, information, advice, guidance, work-related learning, outdoor education and other services to young people in Hertfordshire.

Please visit the Services for Young People website for full details

Services for schools and colleges

Hertfordshire County Council Services for Young People (HCC SfYP) delivers high-quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG), work-related learning, work experience and personal development opportunities.

HCC SfYP services for schools and colleges

Hertfordshire's Local offer 

Hertfordshire's SEND Local Offer provides information, support, services and activities for children and young people with special educational needs and their families. 

There are a number of services the Local Offer provides such as:


Preparing for adulthood

Transitioning into adulthood can be a difficult process for all young people. For people with learning disabilities, their physical and emotional needs can make moving into adulthood more challenging. 

Hertfordshire's Local Offer and Services for Young People offer a range of support, information and services to help you through this process. 


Employment is a way of gaining new skills, becoming more independent, meeting new people and possibly earning some money. Knowing what employers are disability friendly can be tricky, look out for: 

These both mean that the employer is committed to employing disabled people, you will be guaranteed an interview if you meet the basic requirements. 

Conntected2Work scheme helps you find and keep a job in Hertfordshire if you have a disability. 


Supported Employment and Supported Internships

Supported Employment- Services for Young People has a dedicated team of supported employment advisers (SEAs) who work with young people with learning difficulties or disabilities aged 16-25. They work with local employers to support young people into the workplace. Contact their support team on 01438 844999

Supported Internships- are aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health & Care plan (EHCP), who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so. Visit our Supported Internship page to find out more.


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