What is Person Centred Planning?

What is Person Centred Planning?

Person centred planning aims to put children and young people at the centre of planning and decisions that affect them. When children are meaningfully involved, this can change their attitude, behaviour and learning and make them active partners who work with adults to bring about change.

A model of person centred planning aims to:

  • Put children and young people at the centre of planning and decisions that affect them
  • Bring people together – both to celebrate successes, and also to address difficulties with honesty and care
  • Help children and young people learn how to express their views, how to choose and how to listen
  • Show children and young people that they are listened to, respected, and valued and cared for – that they belong
  • Help adults get to know the children and young people they work with, and give insight into the impact they are having on children and young people
  • Make plans that build towards meaningful outcomes for children and young people and their families

IAS Service staff and other practitioners who work across education, health and social care may be asked by a parent or a young person to attend a Person Centred Planning meeting.

An easy to follow animation to explain the Person Centred Planning meeting 


Is there further information to help understand Person Centred Planning?

Yes, the Council for Disabled Children have produced guidance and case studies.

Click here to access guidance on Person Centred Planning in the context of supporting an Annual Review meeting

Click here to read Luke's story which highlights how by using person centred tools to support families in expressing their views, wishes and feelings, they are able to gain a better understanding of their needs within the EHC assessment process. The parent’s confidence grew throughout her experience and enabled her to gather her son’s views in other person centred ways, including adding his drawings of himself. 

Click here to read Danny's story which illustrates the importance of the IAS Service working in a person centred way throughout by letting parents determine when, where and how they need support to be provided to fit in with their lives.

Click here to read Keiran's story which demonstrates how basic research and preparation carried out in advance can be productive. Here it meant being able to utilise the Young Person’s creative skills to record information and made building a rapport easier.