Being independent

Living independently can be a daunting prospect for any person, but for those with special educational needs (SEN), it can be particularly challenging. Fortunately, there is help available. Our local offer website provides a wide range of support and information for those with SEN to help them live independently.  With our experience and expertise, you can be confident that you’re getting the best advice and support possible.

If you are looking for information on the transition from childhood to adulthood, our preparing for adulthood page has lots of useful advice.

There are several services which offer help for adults with special educational needs to live independently.


Mencap is a charity that is committed to helping people with learning difficulties to live as independently as possible. Go to Mencap's housing page to find out more information about the assistance that they offer, which includes supported living services. Also, read this article, Living independently by Amy Clarke, who writes about her experience living in supported housing, as well as independently.


The NHS also gives useful information on supported living services. Follow this link to find out more about NHS supported living services.

Shared Lives

Shared Lives Stoke will match someone who needs care and support with an approved carer. They will consider the likes, dislikes, hobbies and interests of the person and the carer before introducing them to each other. The carer shares their family and community life, and gives care and support to the person with care needs. Some people move in permanently with their shared lives carer, while others may only stay for a few nights.


Scope is a charity with a page on their website which offers useful information for parents with a disabled adolescent who wants to live independently in the next few years. Follow the link to go to the Life Skills to Help Your Disabled Child to Become Independent page.


Contact is a charity for families with disabled children. It has a helpful page that gives advice for how to help children with disabilities live independently, including topics such as independent travel, money management and making friends. Follow this link to go to their website.