Children, Young People and Transition

Person centred thinking and planning are being used in nurseries and schools and throughout the transition process.

Person centred thinking and planning are being used in nurseries and schools and throughout the transition process. We  also worked for two years with Sure Start in the UK to develop person centred approaches.



Developing PC approaches in schools









The book, Developing Person Centred Approaches in Schools by Pippa Murray and Helen Sanderson is availiable from HSAPress.


Papers and Articles

Liz and Eleanor's Story is the first in a series that looks at how person centred thinking and planning can be used by family leaders.

We are inspired by how family leaders are using person centred thinking and planning. We are working together to make sure their stories are told, and the first in this series is about Eleanor and her family, told by her Mum, Liz Barraclough.

To view this paper see the downloads box on the left.

Listen to Me

This is a fill in booklet for people to use to gather person centred information that can then be developed into a one page profile or person centred plan.

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Listen to Me (VOYPIC)

This version of Listen to Me was developed for young people who are in care, and it was developed by the Voice of Young People in Care in Northern Ireland.

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New Government person centred planning guidance - "Personalisation through Person-Centred Planning: guidance to help deliver Putting People First".

Helen was commissioned to write "Personalisation through Person-Centred Planning: guidance to help deliver Putting People First", on behalf of the Department of Health's Valuing People and Putting People First teams, and this guidance illustrates, for the first time in government guidance - how to use person-centred thinking tools and techniques can ensure services and supports are personalised to the individual. The guidance applies to everyone using adult social care, and has examples of how person centred thinking can be used with older people, people who use mental health services and people who have long term conditions, as well as people who have learning disabilities.

To view this guidance see the downloads box on the left.

Using Person Centred Approaches in Transition

Person centred approaches offer us a different way of gathering information about children and young people, that can help learn together about what is important to the person, what they want for their future and what support they need. This is very different from typical assessments. It is a shared journey of learning to discover what Beth Mount calls the 'rich folklore of people'. In this paper we share a wide range of different person centered approaches, derived from different styles of person centered planning.

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Person Centred Transition

Transition can be an exciting time of new opportunities, choices and increasing independence. It can also be a time of anxiety and confusion for young people and their families as they move on from familiar people and places into "the unknown". For all of us it is a crucial time for thinking carefully about your life, and what you want now and in the future. There is a range of government guidance and legislation about the type of support that young people are entitled to. All too often, planning can go on around young people without truly listening to them and what is important to them. In this paper we explore people current experiences of transition, a person centred approach to transition, and developing a person centred Transition Pathway.

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A Manifesto for Flo.

Born in Cumbria in July 2007, Baby Flo has given us the opportunity to dream. Her parents Anna and Ian have high hopes for their beautiful baby girl. Like all parents they want their baby to be happy. They want to do all the things other new parents and their babies do. Anna and Ian dream of a world where Flo is valued exactly as she is. They know that their baby girl has the right to lead an ordinary life. They want her to have friends, go to playgroup, toddler group, nursery and school. They want Flo to belong in their community. They want to give her opportunities to do the things she enjoys and to feel the satisfaction of pushing herself to her limits.

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One Page Profiles in Schools: a guide by Helen Sanderson, Tabitha Smith and Liz Wilson.

This guide is to help you to develop one page profiles in school. We start with the why, what, how and who of one page profiles. We then give information about the headings and ways to get started.
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One Page Profiles with Children and Young People by Lorraine Erwin and Helen Sanderson.

This article demonstrates the benefits of using one-page profiles through a number of stories showing how this tool can support person-centred approaches with individual children, curriculum development, school development plans and staff management.

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Person Centred Teams: An example from Abbey Hill School, Stoke-on-Trent by Lorraine Erwin and Helen Sanderson.

This paper shares how Abbey Hill School set about creating a person-centred team, using a range of person centred thinking tools to forge a strong team with a shared sense of purpose and a 'living' action plan. The steps outlined could be adopted by any school wanting to make a reality of person-centred approaches in school.

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Working Together for Change in Schools by Lorraine Erwin and Helen Sanderson.

This article shows how two special schools - Ellen Tinkham School in Exeter and Abbey Hill School in Stoke-on-Trent - have successfully implemented a step-by-step approach to adopting this process, resulting in school services truly guided by the voices of children, young people and their families.

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Tabitha Smith is the Inclusion Co-ordinator and acting Deputy Head at Norris Bank Primary School in Stockport. At Norris Bank, they are exploring how person centred approaches can be used across the school with children, parents and teaching staff, to deliver personalised learning. Read about Norris Bank's progress on their blog page.

Examples and Stories

Please click on the name to view each plan.

Oscar's 8-6 Plan

Oscar's One Page Health Plan.

Harry's 9:30-11:30 Plan.

Cameron's One Page Plan.

Star Fish Story for Cameron.

Adam's One Page Plan.

Julie's 9-3:15 Plan.

Zara's Review.

Paul's Review.

William's Review.

Jennie's Year 10 Person Centred Transition Review.

Kayley's Profile.

Drew's One Page Profile.

Ben's One Page Profile.

Rachel's Profile.

Michael's One Page Plan.

Dominic's Profile.

Shannon's One Page Plan.

Rose Davis - A parent's perspective

Cameron Sweeney's One Page Profile for starting school.

Freya's One Page Profile.

Nina's characteristics for supporters.

Ben's One Page Profile for school


Examples of person centred thinking used with children and young people receiving palliative care.

ead about how we are thinking about One Page Plans in School - Laura's One Page Profile for School.
A dream is for all children to have their own person centred plans, in all mainstream and special schools. Closer to reality, teachers would not be able to read, use and add to very detailed plans on all children in their class.

Amanda's One Page Profile, Working/Not Working and Action Plan.
Amanda is a young woman who has recently left foster care and is struggling to achieve her independence. The working/not working tool explores how staff members and family work alongside Amanda to address issues that are threatening her tenancy.

Nicky's Story.
Nicky and a Plan Facilitator share their experiences of Person Centred Planning.
My name's Nicky; I'm a single mum, with two children, both of whom have ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). Michael is 18 and autistic; Emma, who is 17, has Asperger's Syndrome.

The Transition Workers Story

A care manager (Transition) describes her experience of supporting Nicky and Michael. When I asked Nicky whether she would like to take part in the Families leading Planning I was very pleased she met the idea with such enthusiasm and was immediately committed to developing a plan for her son Michael.

Harry Tucks Story
Harry Tuck is a project manager for Lambeth Children's and Young Peoples Service. They were part of the first wave of the national project to develop person centred transition reviews in schools.