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Person Centred Meetings

The SEND Code of Practice and the Children and Families Act 2014 states that Local Authorities in carrying out their functions in relation to disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (SEN), must have regard to:

  • The views, wishes and feelings of the child or young person, and the child’s parents
  • The importance of the child or young person, and the child’s parents, participating as fully as possible in decisions, and being provided with the information and support necessary to enable participation in those decisions
  •  The need to support the child or young person, and the child’s parents, in order to facilitate the development of the child or young person and to help them achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes, preparing them effectively for adulthood.

Person-centred approaches are a practical way of ensuring that the principles that underpin the Code of Practice are upheld.  A person-centred way of working puts children, young people and families at the centre and advocates that everyone has the right to exercise choice and control in directing their lives and support.

There are five key principles of Person Centred Planning:

1. The person is at the centre

2. Family members and friends are partners in planning

3. The plan reflects what is important to the person now (and for the future) their capacities and what support they require

4. The plan helps build the person’s place in the community and helps the community to welcome them. It is not just about services, and reflects what is possible, not just what is available

5. The plan results in on-going listening, learning, and further action. Putting the plan into action helps the person to achieve what they want out of life.


Person centred planning is about


Person centred planning is not

ü Listening and learning about what people want from their lives


X The same as assessment and care planning

ü Helping people to think about what they want now and in the future


X The same as reviews

ü Family, friends, professionals and services all working together with the person to make this happen

X Owned by services

ü A commitment to keep learning about the person


X Just a new type of meeting


Person Centred Planning Tools

There are many tools to support Person Centered Planning, to suit the age and needs of the child or young person:

All About You

All about me Parents/Carers booklet

One Page Profile

Personal profile early years child

Personal profile combined Early Years

Young Person Views LDA to EHC Plan College