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What is person centred planning?
Person centred planning enables disabled people to think about what they want now and in the future. It helps them to plan their lives, work towards their goals and get the right support.
Person centred planning is a collection of tools and approaches that is used to plan with a person and not for them. The planning builds upon the person's support network and will involve all the people who are important in that person's life.
Person centred planning enables disabled people to be included and involved in their community. It is a person centred approach that differs from traditional types of planning, which are based upon the medical model of disability and which are set up to asses need, allocate services and make decisions for people.
Person centred planning tools
Person centred planning tools are used to develop a person centred plan. The tools used will depend on each individual and their needs but they all put the person at the centre of the process and focus on what they want and need. Some of the tools used include:
These tools all have the following in common:
Facilitators help to make person centred planning successful. They are people who know how to use person centred planning tools and will be present at meetings where these tools are used. Friends or family members can be facilitators, if they know how to use person centred planning tools. We also employ trained facilitators who can give you advice, information and support about developing your own person centred plan.
The person centred plan
Person centred plans can be in a range of formats. The format used for a person's plan will depend on their capabilities and wishes. For example, it could be a document, drawing, audio or video recording.
A person's plan can be updated as and when they wish or when a goal or aspiration is achieved.
Person centred planning for people with learning difficulties
Everyone with a learning difficulty who wants a person centred plan is entitled to have one, although in some areas there might be a waiting list. The priorities for plans are: young people leaving school; those people who live with older carers; and people who are changing things in their life, for example leaving home or changing day service.
How to ask for your own person centred plan
You should contact the customer services centre or your social care worker, if you have one, to ask for a person centred plan. They will discuss the options with you and decide the best way of creating a plan unique to you and your needs.