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What is Person Centred Planning?

What is Person Centred Planning?

Person centred planning, sometimes referred to as PCP, aims to…

  • Put the parent and child or young person is at the heart of the process
  • Highlight the child or young person’s strengths and interests
  • Take a ‘tell us once’ approach to families sharing information with control of what’s shared.
  • Listen and respond to the importance of their views, wishes and aspirations
  • Focus on what outcomes (goals) families and young people are seeking for their futures.
  • Collaboratively plans the support needed to achieve them.
  • Education, Health and Social Care, services and professionals work together to discuss and agree an overall approach
  • Give families, children and young people better choice and control over their futures.

 

All professionals and people working with them should ensure that parents, children and young people are genuinely involved in all aspects of planning and decision making. This approach helps to develop better understanding, build positive relationships and increased levels of confidence, and leads to better participation.

Processes should be…

  • Easy for children, young people and their parents or carers to understand,
  • Use clear ordinary language and images rather than professional jargon.
  • Highlight the child or young person’s strengths and capabilities
  • Support the child or young person to say what they do well, what they are interested in and what they want to do in the future

It can seem very different to think in this way when you first start but it really is worth it. There are some really good information sheets and resources that can help below and in the download section to the right of the page.


Hackney Wikis

Hackney Learning Trust has secured a successful bid for to set up 2000 individual Wiki websites for children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities.

Wikis are a way to create multi- media person centred plans that use pictures, words, videos and sound to capture the voice, skills, aspirations and needs of a young person.

Read more...


Top Tips for professionals to support children and young people to participate in their EHC plan

This Top Tips guide is for all professionals who are involved in supporting disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs, to participate fully in their Education, Health, and Care (EHC) plan.

All of the top tips have been co-developed with disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs.

Find out more: Top Tips for professionals to support children and young people to participate in their EHC plan


Last updated 10/03/17

Also see…

One page profiles Helen Sanderson

The Preparing For Adulthood Review – A Good Practice Toolkit

Peron Centred worksheets from Sheff Kids

Person-centred thinking tools

Also see documents in the downloads section on...

  • Obtaining the views and opinions of children and young people - A good practice guide from Hackney Learning Trust
  • Good Day Bad Day
  • Circles of Support 
  • Working / Not Working
  • Section A of Hackney’s EHC Plan
  • A3 person centred planning template
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