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Person-centred approaches and planning

We aim to put your child at the centre of the review of their EHC plan by taking a person-centred approach.

Young people with SEND don't always have much control over their lives or the decisions or choices that are made for them. We can help your child play an active part in planning for their future. We do this by placing them at the centre of:

  • the review meeting
  • the planning
  • any decisions that affect them

Person-centred planning (sometimes called PCP) aims to:

  • put the child or young person and their family 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 plan the support needed to achieve the goals
  • bring services and professionals together to discuss and agree an overall approach for education, health and care (EHC) plans
  • give children and young people and their families better choice and control over their futures

Find out more about person-centred planning in this video:

Person-centred planning for the education, health and care (EHC) plan from the Council for Disabled Children.
Person-centred planning for the education, health and care (EHC) plan from the Council for Disabled Children.

What does an EHC plan look like?

Your EHC plan should be based around you, your needs and wishes. See what a blank EHC plan looks like.

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