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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.


Related documents in the downloads section include...

  • 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
  • Preparing for Adulthood Supportive Planning Toolkit

Other documents, forms, templates and guidance can be found in the documents library at the top of every page of the website.  


Tips for professionals supporting children and young people's participation

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 18/04/19

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